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Amiga software developers arc also 'porting' their existing products to PowerPC compatible code - Maxon, for example, already have a working version of their popular ravtracing program Cinema -II) (see AF79). Although undoubtedly the hardest part of the project will be porting the Amiga's unique operating system to this new processor, the future of the Amiga is looking very good indeed and you can be sure we will keep you up to date with new developments as they happen. MAY 1996 NEWS Amiga Tech. Have taken their time with the development of the new Amiga but, at last, the "MindWalker" - on show at CeBit. Once again, il seems lliat Amiga Technologies are intent on avoiding the mistakes that their predecessors, Commodore, made. When they were first established the company was immediately bombarded with requests for a new Amiga, but rather than make promises they couldn't keep. Amiga Tech simply staled they were researching new ideas. Now, when they have a functioning prototype, they are ready to unveil the first new Amiga in 4 years - codenamed MindWalker. Don't worry, by the time the production model is available Amiga Tech will have hopefully thought of a less '‘unique" name - like the A1400 or something. The machine was on show in March at Europe's premiere computer show - CeBit in Hannover Germany. .As you can see from the pictures on this page the design is something of departure from the Commodore design ethos. Instead of the usual beige box or an equally beige all-in-one unit, like the A1200, Amiga Tech have opted for a revolutionary design that looks nothing like an Amiga - or pretty much any other computer. - Affectionately dubbed the "Hoover", the new Amiga was designed not to look too much like a computer so that it can easily blend into Amiga your living room without visitors thinking you arc some sort of computer nerd. You could quite easily introduce this new Amiga to people as. "My silver box. That allows me to connect to the Internet and do other cool things". However there is a lot more to the new Amiga than simply a different look. The main thrust of the requests from Atniga- ttsers.
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Uiure PUBLISHING Your guarantee of value Details, pictures and comment on the successor to the A1200 The XL Drive allows you to store a
1. 76MB on a high density disk.
1. 76 XL DRIVE EXTERNAL £69.95
1. 76 XL DRIVE INTERNAL £75
1. 76 XL DRIVE A4000 ...£75 PC880B EXT.POWER DRIVE .
£49.95 INTERNAL DRIVES Backup to 520MB onto a 4hr VHS tape.
Version 3 has new backup modes for Amiga's with a 68020 or higher CPU.
VIDEO BACKUP SCART £49.95
1. 76 XL DRIVE VIDEO BACKUP PHONO.....£45.95 UPGRADE TO VERSION
3..... £20 FLOPPY EXPANDER Save 1 5MB on a standard floppy
drive and 3MB when used in conjunction with the XL Drive 1.76.
FLOPPY EXPANDER ....£10 GVP HC-8 SCSI SCSI hard card
which can fit 8MB of RAM on-board.
SUPER XL DRIVE LI VIDEO BACKUP 3 HC-8 SCSI CARD .....£99 GVP G-LOCK Award winning Amiga Genlock.
G-LOCK AMIGA GENLOCK £259 IO-EXTENDER Zorro II card that provides an additional serial port, parallel port and connection for optional RS422 and R5232 port.
Call for details £69.95 SYQUEST EZ £19.95 £199.95 External IDE hard disk tor the A500 comes complete with an internal ROM switcher, and upgradable to 4MB RAM M-TEC AT500 BARE ....£99 PLEASE CALL FOR HD SIZES MEMORY REQUIRES 30-RIN SIMMS ZIP DRIVE 5T £239.95 £19.95 POWERSCAN £99.95 pX :'vjrri.V 1 ?
F liMi £99.95 ZIP DRIVE 100MB SCSI £199.95 ZIP DRIVE Inc. Squirrel .. . .£249.95 100MB DISKETTE ...£19.95 tIP DRIVE REQUIRES SQUIRREl SCSI INTERFACE
3. 5 IDE £POA
3. 5 SCSI ...£POA 120MB 2.5 IDE .....£89.95
340MB 2.5 IDE ...£169.95 510MB 2.5 IDE ..£289.95
850MB 2.5 IDE ...£439.95 1 GIGABYTE 2.5 IDE . £CALL
DISK EXPANDER (WITH HD PURCHASE) £ 15 The Syquest EZ135 drive
is an ideal storage device. The EZ Drive stores 135MB on a
single 3.5* cartridge and has a seek time of 13.5ms. Comes
complete with one 135MB cartridge. (A SCSI interface is
required) Rapid Fire SCSI-II controller card.
Install up to 8MB on-board. For the A2000, A3000 and A4000.
DKB RAPID FIRE SCSI-II . . £139.95 RAPID FIRE SCSI HARD DRIVES SYQUEST EZ135MB 135MB CARTRIDGE EPSON SCAN UEST EZ135 6 8 0 2 0 EC M -TE C HD £30.95 £35.95 £35.95 256 x 32 SIMM 72-PIN (1MB) . . £40 512 X 32 SIMM 72-PIN (2MB) . . £75 1 X 8 SIMM 32-PIN (1MB) £POA 4X8 SIMM 32-PIN (4MB) £POA 1 X 4 STATIC COLUMN A3000 . . . £25 1 X 4 DIP £25 256 X 4 DIP £5 1 X 1 DIP ..£5 CIA .....£12 GARY ..£19 PAULA ...£19 DENISE ..£19 SUPER DENISE .£25 KEYBOARD 1C
.£12 FAT AGNUS 1MB ......£19 FAT AGNUS 2 MB ......£29 PRINTER CABLE £6 RS232 CABLE ...£6 SCSI EXTERNAL £15 WORKBENCH 3.1 A500 2000 . £85 WORKBENCH 3.1 A3000 4000 . £95 ROM SHARE DEVICE ...£19 2 04 ROM CHIP £25 FOR ANY SPARES REQUIRED PLEASE CALL SX-32 is an internal add-on card for your CD32 and features: VGA port, RGB port, parallel port, serial port, external disk drive port (1.76MB), clock, controller for
2. 5' hard disk, and a SIMM socket (up to 8MB). Turn your CD-32
into a A1200.
Disk Expander can add upto to 50% to your hard drive capacity and works with all drives including SCSI, IDE, Floppies and even the RAM disk. Disk Expander works on any Amiga with any Kickstart.
PRINTERS MONITORS CHIPS & SPARES DISK EXPANDER DISK EXPANDER SX-32 MODULE SX-32 A 68060 accelerator board for the A2000 running at 50MHz and allowing upto 128MB of user installable memory and a SCSI-II hard disk controller.
A2000 68040 (0MB RAM) . £629.95 A2000 68060 (0MB RAM) £799.95 4MB STANDARD ADD £125.95 4MB GVP ADD ......£159 s ij !•: c ( a i. o i;n Surf Squirrel offers an even higher SCSI performance, auto-booting, and ultra-fast serial port. Surf Squirrel is the ideal expansion peripheral for your Amiga
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4MBGVPRAM ......£159 16MBGVPRAM .....£549 SQUIRREL SCSI INTERFACE . £59.95 AURA £79.95 MEGALOSOUND ...£29.95 ACEEX V32 BIS 14.4 not bt approved .£80 X-LINK TRUE V34 28 8 BT APPROVED £ 1 99.95 ALL MOOEMS INCLUDE SOFTWARE AND CABLES squirrel scsi interface included where you see this logo SURF SQUIRREL A 2 0 0 0 6806 GVP RAM MODEMS HI-SOFT SURF SQUIRREL ioEXTENDER SCANDOUBLER II ScanDoubler II is a full 24-bit AGA flicker fixer which automatically de-interlaces all AGA screen modes and scan doubles noninterlaced PAL NTSC modes to allow VGA monitors to display
SCAN DOUBLER II ....£399 MICROVITEC 1438 14" .£289 EPSON STYLUS INC.PAPER £489 EPSON STYLUS COLOUR Ms £249.95 EPSON STYLUS COLOUR II . £335.95 EPSON STYLUS 820 £219.95 EPSON STYLUS PRO XI INCLUDE STUDIO II SOFTWARE STUDIO II SOFTWARE ......£49.95 UIRREL MPEG Squirrel MPEG allows you to play VideoCD and CDI CD-ROM's, Squirrel MPEG brings high quality digitally mastered images and 16-bit stereo sound to you and your Amiga.
SQUIRREL MPEG £199.95 phono orders We accept most major credit cards and are happy to help you with any queries.
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PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES Diggers Oscar Chaos Engine jjlT VIPER 28MHZ CO-PROCESSOR FPU's complete with crystal. Please state for Blizzard compatibility.
20MHZ FPU PLCC ...£20.95 33MHZ FPU PLCC ...£39.95 40MHZ FPU PLCC ..£60.95 50MHZ FPU PGA ...£89.95 VIPER MK1 SCSI-ADAPTOR £79.95 P C 1 2 0 8 A1200 8MB RAM card which uses 1 x 32 SIMMs and is PCMCIA friendly.
PC1208 BARE ......£55.95 PC1208 1MB ......£85.95 PC1208 2MB ....£119.95 PC1208 4MB .....£145.95 PC1208 8MB .....£249.95 £59.95 £49.95 High resolution pen and cursor controlled graphic tablet, including cables and software. Power Template software includes templates for Dpaint V, Dpaint IV AGA, Ppaint 6.4. What's more you can create your own templates using this software (for any 2.0 3.1 compliant software). When using the cursor it will emulate a 3 buttoned mouse.
GENIUS-TABLET 12 X 12 . . .£195.95 INCL. PEN. CURSOR AND POWER TAB TEMP SIW in the trap door slot.
A500 2MB RAM .....£90 MEMORY CARDS 512K RAM WITH CLOCK . . . £24.95 S12K RAM WITHOUT CLOCK £19.95 A600 tMB RAM ...£39.95 A500+ 1MB RAM ...£29.95 A 68020 EC processor accelerator card for the A500 and A500+, with an option to fit a 68881 or 68882 co-processor (PLCC or PGA). This card can fit upto 4MB FAST RAM and is fully auto-configuring.
NOT COMPATIBLE WITH GVP HARD DRIVE Increase your Amiga 500 2000 chip RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its own 2MB RAM and also now includes a 2MB Fat Agnus. No soldering is required.
MEGACHIP RAM ..£159.95 PICASSO II 2MB RAM £249.95 INCLUDING TV PAINT JNR.
PICASSO II 2MB RAM .....£399.95 INCLUDING TV PAINT 2 VIDEO DAC ...£25 18-BIT GRAPHICS AOAPTOR A500 68020 EC 0MB RAM . £99.95 A500 68020 EC 4MB RAM . .£189.95 GVP GURU-ROM V6 VGA ADAPTOR £15 GENIUS TABLET MEGACHIP RAM A 5 0 0 68020EC GLIDEPOINT ALPS GLIDEPOINT A SCSI driver for all Series II host adaptors and accelerator cards for all Amiga computers. Please call for further information.
For GVP Only.
Intuitive cursor control at your finger tips .Tap' for an instant selection. Connects to the Serial port. (This is not a graphics tablet) GURU-ROM V6 The Power CD-ROM for the Amiga 600 1200 plugs directly into the PCMCIA port and provides a direct SCSI-1 and SCSI-II interface, allowing up to six additional devices to be connected. What’s more the Power CD-ROM features a 'Hot-plug' which allows you to connect and disconnect the CD-ROM and any other additional devices even when the Amiga is switched on.
The CD-ROM drive comes with a SCSI interface, PSU, manual, audio lead, mains lead and software which includes Audio CD. CD32 Emulator, MPEG Film Decoder and Photo CD.
AMIGA 600 1200 x2 SPEED CD-ROM inc squirrel £179 X4 SPEED CD-ROM inc.squirrel £249 AMIGA 4000 DUAL SPEED CD-ROM EXT. .. £139 QUAD SPEED CD-ROM EXT. £199 AMIGA 4000 SCSI-INTERFACE . .£129 SCSI CABLE ...£10 24-bit A4 flatbed scanners, complete with software, cables and manual.* EPSON GT-5000 ...£479.95 24-BIT, INC. POWERSCAN SOFTWARE EPSON GT-8500 ...£579.95 24-BIT, INC. POWERSCAN SOFTWARE EPSON GT-9000 ...£729.95 24-BIT. INC. IMAGE FX REV. 1.5 SOFTWARE ADPRO SOFTWARE £149.95 IMAGE FX 2.0 S W .£149.95 Scan in 24-bit at upto 200DPI (all Amigas not
just AGA)*, Scan in 256 greyscales at up to 400DPI (all Amigas), Thru'port for printer connection. Fully supports AGA chipset, Display HAM8 24-bit images on a non-AGA Amiga (via image conversion), full editing facilities included. Works with
2. 04 ROM or above, min 1MB (recommend 2MB).
POWER SCAN 4 B W £89.95 POWER SCAN 4 COLOUR . . £169.95 OCR (BOUGHT WITH SCANNER) ......£20 OCR SOFTWARE ....£49.95 POWER SCAN 4 S W ONLY......£20 PC INTERFACE + COL S W £49.95 PC INTERFACE + B W S W . . £39.95 SCANNER SOFTWARE FLATBED SCANNERS POWER SCANNER FLATBED POWERSCANNER SAW . £35 WORKS WITH ALL EPSON FLATBED SCANNERS The Viper 28 can have up to 128MB RAM installed, full Kickstart remapping, optional SCSI-II adaptor, on-board battery backed clock. 68882 coprocessor optional, instruction and data burst modes.
VIPER 28 MKII BARE £119.95 VIPER 28 MKII 2MB £179.95 VIPER 28 MKII 4MB......£199.95 VIPER 28 MKII 8MB £299.95 VIPER 28 MKII 16MB £489.95 VIPER MKII SCSI ADAPTOR £69.95 DELIVERY 2-3 DAYS £2.50 ? NEXT DAY £5 QSAT £10 ?
MINIMUM DELIVERY £2.50 ALLOW UP TO 7 DAYS FOR CHEQUES TO CLEAR The Viper 50 can have up to 128MB RAM installed, and the same features as the Viper 28 VIPER 50 BARE . £199.95 VIPER 50 2M8 ... £269.95 VIPER 50 4M8 .£289.95 VIPER 50 8MB £389.95 VIPER 50 16MB ...£599.95 CREDIT CARD NO ... EXPIRY DATE SIGNATURE TOTAL AMOUNT (inc. Delivery) £ SYSTEM OWNED DESCRIPTION ... VIPER 50MHZ TELEPHONE NO.
.POSTCODE ADDRESS NAME CLOCK CARTRIDGE Our unique and highly rated external Clock Cartridge will enable your Amiga to continually store the correct time and date In Its own battery backed memory.
Simply plugs onto the back of the Amiga and does not invalidate the warranty.
Compatible with ALL Amigas Now includes CD ROM drivers and instructions.
The Dataflyer is a 16 bit SCSI II controller card that converts the signals on the internal IDE interface to also run SCSI devices at the same time as the IDE hard drive.
The Dataflyer SCSI+ will operate upto 5 SCSI devices such as CD-ROMS, hard drives. SyQuest removeable drives, tape back up drives etc. Unlike other SCSI interfaces, the Dataflyer SCSI+ is compatible with all known accelerators etc and it does not stop you from utilising any of the important expansion ports on your A1200 A600, The Dataflyer SCSI+ easily installs into the A1200 A600 (simply pushes in, no need to remove the metal shield) and provides a 25 way D connector through the blanking plate at the back of the A1200.
ONLY £199.99 or £239.99 with a Squirrel or Dataflyer 135mb EZ cartridge £15.99 Anti Virus Professional is the most powerful tool for detecting and removing viruses. Anti Virus pro will check and device hard drives, floppy disks and even CD ROM drives for viruses. Very straight forward to use, includes a full 50 page manual.
A4000 SCSI controller expansion card that allows up to 7 SCSI devices to be connected to the A4000. Includes full user manual and installation software including CD-ROM drivers. Includes connecting cable for internal SCSI devices and rear mounting bracket with a 25way connector for external devices.
33mhz 68882 FPU (picc) £49.99 40mhz 68882 FPU (picc) £69.99 50mhz 68882 FPU (PGA) £79.99 lmb £39.99 2mb £77.99 4mb £99.99 8mb £159.99 All FPU's are supplied with crystal oscilators DATAFLYER 4000SX ONLY £59.99 ASIM CDFS 3.0 This superb package is a must for any CD-ROM user.
Includes CD32 & CDTV emulation, audio CD player software including librarian features, Direct reading of 16bit audio samples, full support for Kodak and Corel PhotoCD Discs.
Includes the 'FISHMARKET' CD-ROM disk packed with public domain Fred Fish disks and a huge 115 page information packed spiral bound manual.
ASIM CDFS ONLY £49.99 SPEEDCOM Our high speed 2.5' IDE hard drives for the Amiga A1200 & A600 computers come complete with fitting cable, screws, partitioning software, full instructions and 12 months guarantee. All drives supplied by us are formatted, partitioned and have Workbench (WB2 for the A600 and WB3 for the A1200) installed for immediate use. Fitting is incredibly simple; if you can plug the mouse mouse socket, you will be able to plug the hard drive into the hard drive socket.
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Siren Our highly rated, top quality feature packed modems are ideal for Amiga users. All modems include our £19.99 which Includes a cable to connect the modem to the Amiga, NCOMM comms software, Amiga Guide to Comms and a list of Bulletin Boards from which you will be able to download vast amounts of free software as well as have access to E-MAIL facilities.
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SPEEDCOM+BF (28,800 V34) £159.99 FREE BSS&ciiu 85mb £89.99 120mb£l04.99 170mb £119.99 250mb £139.99 340mb £174.99 540mb £284.99 SCSI ROM CD DRIVES UndLViL Double speed CD f DRIVE complete wi ?0M th Send cheques or postal orders (made payable to Siren Software) or credit card details to:- SIREN SOFTWARE, 178 BURY NEW RD, WHITEFIELD, MANCHESTER M45 6QF, ENGLAND Ultra low profile 3,5' drives for A1200.
Come complete with cables etc (as per our 2,5' drives). Simple to fit, you do not need to cut the case of the A1200. Similar power consumption to 2.5' drives.
Cables, docking station and full instructions.
Also includes stereo headphones and carrying case for use as personal CD player.
RENO CD WITH SQUIRREL £164.99 WITH DATAFLYER £174.99 Amazing power for such a low price. This superb accelerator uses a 68020 running at 28hz and comes complete with a 68882 FPU to enable your A120O to run at 5 MIPS (million instructions per second)! Uses standard 72 pin SIMMS and Includes a battery backed clock.
Simple trapdoor fitting.
Amazing value quad speed external SCSI CD ROM drive in a top quality enclosure.
PANASONIC QUAD SPEED EXTERNAL WITH SQUIRREL OR DATAFLYER ONLY £239.99 OPEN: Personal callers welcome.
ZIP DRIVES APOLLO 1220 ONLY £99.99 APOLLO 1220 -flmb £139.99 APOLLO 1220 +4mb £199.99 Highly rated SCSI drive will store iOOmb per cartridge. Comes Complete with power supply, SCSI cable, instructions and cartridge.
DIRECTIONS: incredibly powerful trapdoor fitting accelerator based around a 68030 complete with MMU, 2 SIMM sockets (72 PIN SIMMS), socket for a floating point unit and battery backed clock.
Runs at just under 9.5 MIPS (million instructions per second!)
ONLY £189.99 or £229.99 with a Squirrel or Dataflyer IOOmb ZIP cartridge £15.99 APOLLO 1232 50 £199.99 4mb SIMM £99.99 8mb SIMM £159.99 68882 FPU £69.99 All pnces mclufle VAT. Postage and packing .nil be Cbaiged at £3.50 per order (U.K.I, £7.50 Europe and £12.50 rest or the world.
C Introduction Graeme Sandiford talks us through what's on offer in the serious pages of this month's mag.
ImageVision mm It's very unusual to find a multimedia program with an artistic approach but that is exactly what ImageVision is.
Graeme Sandiford gives it the once over.
7 CSX-32 The SX-1 failed to deliver what was expected of it.
Now, with the arrival of the SX-32, there seems to be fresh hope.
David Taylor takes a look.
Video Steve McGill introduces his third video feature with some tips on how to set-up a DTV system on a budget.
Final Writer This months Masterclass looks at graphics. There's still chance to get a copy of AF82's Coverdisk and Nick Veitch will show you how to use it.
1 Real 3D Simple animation techniques were covered in an earlier tutorial. This month John Kennedy gets a bit more complex with orbiting balls and automatic tracking cameras.
AC Brtz Basic 1 John Kennedy finally gets round to telling us how Amiga programs actually work. He's also got a few things to say about IDCMP flags and pull-down menus.
Month In View Nick Veitch tells you all about his favourite bits.
The fight s to a head as ne Sandiford PD Select The Public Domain can be a real gold mine and we've pulled out the best nuggets for you this month.
|ths and lesses of Final ' 4 Lite and n orth 5SE.
84 n | CD-ROM Graeme Sandiford scrutinises the latest offerings on CD-ROM.
A round up of the best value images, sounds, games, programs and utilities.
88 108 B Final Writer v Wordworth The two big Amiga word _____ havebeen j Ar-ff MSSAUtfH ing it out for • j-*| xjrj f __ rfj REGULARS 9 59 Mailbag Whether you want to make a complaint about something or congratulate us on what we've got right, don't hesitate to put pen to paper.
Workbench Whatever your problem, Graeme Sandiford will try very hard to give you an intelligent answer.
Amiga.net Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions - otherwise known as MIME. Darren Irvine explains about it here.
NEWS The Future for Escom New financial backing for Amiga's owners.
11 MAY 1996 12 The New Amiga A special report from CeBit in Germany.
? The World of Amiga Show I 3 Find out what's on where at the forthcoming show - you'll be surprised... 6 9661 AVW S1N31NOD SIMMs J You can never have enough of it. John Kennedy tells you all about memory.
J Loch Ness Andrea Ball visits Ira Curtis Coleman to talk about special effects, monsters and the Amiga.
35 Slam Tilt: Taking pinball games for the Amiga to new levels.
The Final Gate: Full Motion Video action for the CD32.
"T Track Suit Manager 2 m a Does it make the grade as a sequel or is it simply more of the same?
Steve McGill dons his footie boots and checks out the latest football management game.
Slam Tilt Hr mL Pinball whizzard Richard Jones flips his flippers and gives his verdict on the latest Amiga pinball game.
§ Games Check Hr Some games are well worth buying, others are not.
Ji Q Charlie J Cool & HrO Harry's Balloons.
They might appeal to someone!
Test Match Cricket & J I Treble Champions 2 Two new games from Challenge Software. Steve McGill gives his verdict.
C The Final Gate CD32 0 mm Jump on your speedboat and aim your gun. There's men hiding in the bushes just waiting to win that Oscar.
Cy| Gamebusters It's all there for the taking. Hints and tips on Zeewolf 2 and the Flight of the Amazon Queen.
Charts We've all gone soccer mad.
Previews J I Steve McGill visits the Bitmap Brothers to talk about Chaos Engine 2.
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BLIMEY! Escom seem to have stolen my vacuum cleaner to use as a prototype casing For the new Amiga. I must say I didn't really believe Graeme when he came back From CcBit, but unless he is playing some incredibly bizarre practical joke, the successor to the A1200 may look more at home in the cupboard under the stairs than on your desktop. But once you get past the rather unconventional exterior, there are some truly wonderFul Features. A CD-ROM drive as standard is a blessing, and thankFully, PCI ports arc included which should ease the connection oF cheaper hardware designed For the mass
market. Check out the latest news on page 12.
I was a little distracted this month though, because Slain Till arrived. This is the First pinball game I have ever played and wished that someone would build real liFe tables based on it. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr Jones on page 42, except I thought he was a little harsh on the Pirate table (because he isn’t any good at it).
Oh, and watch out For the next month page...® SuperDouble CD Pack Squirrel MPEG A Squirrel VMPEG I he superb SuperDouble CD-ROM is back! Using an excellent 2.4 speed drive from Sony, this CD-ROM provides outstanding performance at an ama .ing price With a 360Kbs data transfer rate and a 230ms access time, the SuperDouble CD-ROM provides all the speed for the power user.
The SuperDouble is fully compatible with the new Squirrel MI’FC. Card, supporting the industry standard VideoCD (White Book) format.
The SuperDouble CD-ROM pack includes the award-winning AGA Experience CD-ROM - rated 93% in issue 79 of Amiga Format. This CD-ROM is crammed full of pictures, utilities, demos, animations and tools for AGA Amigas. The SuperDouble pack also includes the latest Aminet CD-ROM. This disk is brimming with the latest PD, shareware, utilities, demos and picture files from the Aminet archives on the internet A full classic Squirrel is also included in the pack. This allow s easy connection of any SCSI peripheral to the A1200. The package has all the necessary drivers and software for easy connection
of hard drives, CD-ROMs and removable disk drives, such as the Zip "' Drive, to your Amiga.
Bring the cinema inlo your home and onlo your computer with Squirrel MPEG'". Playing the popular VideoCD and CDI CD-ROMs as well as raw MPEG streams, Squirrel MPEG brings high quality digitally mastered images and 16-bit stereo sound to you and your Amiga.
Squirrel MPEG is a SCSI peripheral that can be used in conjunction with any SCSI controller, such as the Classic Squirrel'" or Surf Squirrel'", and any VideoCD compatible CD-ROM. Squirrel MPEG can also be used as a stand-alone unit, with a SCSI CD-ROM, as an addition to your TV.
Video and Hi-Fi setup.
Available from March 19%, Squirrel MPEG is the latest in an established line of ground-breaking products, for you and your Amiga, from HiSolt Systems.
Ja is a revolutionary 1Gb removable hard disk system for any Amiga with SCSI.
Like a Zip drive on steroids, Jaz provides astonishing performance. Offering data transfer rates of up to 6MB s and access times of under 12ms.
For full information on this amazing SCSI peripheral contact HiSoft Systems.
Studio V2 Professional The original colour management system for your Amiga Use Studio 2 to get the most out ot your printer With its powerful Workbench drivers, you will get outstanding printed results from your applications, every time.
£5 99 plui PAP Studio 2 brings professional colour management to the Amiga, ensuring that the colours on your screen match the colours on your printer.
Studio 2 is also directly supported by the popular printer manufacturers, and always ... includes drivers (or their latest (V' mwc.mWc pn.H oplwo .printers ' Minin, preference program Cinema4D Professional Ray-Tracing and Animation for your Amiga DiskMAGIC Easy File & Disk Management Cinema4D is the easy-to- use ray-tracing and animation system for your Amiga.
Equipped with an intuition- based multi-tasking editor, Cinema4D is replete with every conceivable option including window-based real-time interactive modelling, direct modelling in 3D, basic and complex primitives with infinite variations, easy object manipulation, floating toolbars, user-defined menus, object and lexture lists, definable object hierarchies, optimised versions for 68020 (A1200 etc.) & FPUs, and much more!
The Cinema4D animator brings you even closer to the world of "virtual reality", breathing life into objects and scenes.
Whether you have your spaceship dock with a spacestation. Or take a tour around the darkest dungeon - with Cinema4D it's so simple, lust a few mouse clicks and vou will have your objects move realistically through time and space.
Cinema4D also includes MagicLink, the flexible object converter.
MagicLink converts all popular object formats (Imagine, Sculpt, DXF, Reflections, etc.) to Cinema4D format & back.
Constantly doing battle with the ShelECLI? Slop this futile struggle with DiskMAGIC. The easy-to-use file and disk management utility from HiSoft
E) iskMAGIC simplifies every task you perform, from the copying
of disks and files, to the viewing of pictures and anims. In
fact, afler using DiskMAGIC, you'll wonder how you ever used
your Amiga without if.
Order Hotline (D 0500 223660 To order any of the products shown on this page (or any other HiSoft title) - just call us, free of charge, on 0500 223660. Armed with your credit or debit card; we will normally despatch within 4 working days (£4 P&P) or, (or only £6 within the UK, by guaranteed next day delivery (tor goods in stock). Alternatively, you can send us a cheque or postal orders, made out to HiSoft. All prices include VAT. Export orders: please call or fax to confirm pricing and postage costs, e 1995 HiSoft. E&OE.
HiScft SYSTEMS The Old School, Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE UK Tel: +44(0) 1525 718181 Fax: +44(0)1525 713716 email: hisoft®cix.compulink.co. uk i All price* include UK VAT (ft 17.57c Zip, Jaz arc trademarks of Iomega Inc New moneyr New Amiga In spite of disappointing financial results, investors are still behind Esconi. That was the message the company was keen to get across in the wake of poor financial results, and shortly before Amiga Tech. Revealed their prototype new Amiga at the CeBit'96 show (see over the page for a detailed report).
Essentially, the company has made new shares available to raise over 30 million DM on the investment markets, money which will stem fears of a takeover and scotch rumours that Escom has become over extended with expansion into amongst other things, the Amiga market. Gilles Bourdin of Amiga Tech. Was confident, "this gives Escom a more solid financial base, enabling it to develop successlully."
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• PowerPC Amigas still on schedule .p 11
• Unveiled at CeBit - The New Amiga pi2
• Scottie defects to Team 17 ......pl4
• Surprises in store at the World of Amiga . . P 16 PowerPC Amiga
Update Progress is being made on the next generation of
Amiga's, and they may even arrive on time... Whilst it may be a
little hard to believe, such is the nature of these projects,
the development of the PowerPC-based Amigas is actually
progressing on time. Amiga Technologies are still expecting
their new generation of super Amigas to be ready in the first
half of next year.
Despite a horrendous S85-million loss made last financial year by Amiga Technologies' parent company, Escom, development has and will go on unhindered. Contrary to some of the wild rumours that have been circulating which claim that the loss in profit is due to the acquisition of the Amiga, the apparent poor performance of the company is due to its continued expansion.
The last financial year not only saw the purchasing of the Amiga's technology, but also of this Summer, By which time work should be completed on a OS (Operating System) capable of handling this new technology.
Eyetech should crack open the champagne for a job well done.'
David Taylor reviews the successor to the SX-ll PAGE 75 the development of several new lines of PC's and peripherals and the acquisition of the Rumbelows outlets in the UK. According to Gilles Bourdin, PR Manager at Amiga Technologies, “the company has already received financial backing from several major banks, and will not only Ire able to cover its losses, but continue to expand and develop new products", which will include the Amiga.
Phase 5's progress on its line of PowerPC accelerator boards is also progressing on time and should Ire reads sometime towards the end Judging by developments in the computer industry in general, it would seem that Amiga Technologies have indeed made the right decision when embracing the PowerPC as the foundation for the next generation of Amigas.
At this year's CeBit show it was confirmed, as speculated on in last issue's news, that a PowerPC model of the Sega Saturn is being worked on. A fully working prototype from Hitachi was on display and plays, with Sega Rally at least, faster than the original model. This, along with other developer projects, bodes well for support of the PowerPC platform.
Amiga software developers arc also 'porting' their existing products to PowerPC compatible code - Maxon, for example, already have a working version of their popular ravtracing program Cinema -II) (see AF79).
Although undoubtedly the hardest part of the project will be porting the Amiga's unique operating system to this new processor, the future of the Amiga is looking very good indeed and you can be sure we will keep you up to date with new developments as they happen.
MAY 1996 NEWS Amiga Tech. Have taken their time with the development of the new Amiga but, at last, the "MindWalker" - on show at CeBit.
Once again, il seems lliat Amiga Technologies are intent on avoiding the mistakes that their predecessors, Commodore, made.
When they were first established the company was immediately bombarded with requests for a new Amiga, but rather than make promises they couldn't keep. Amiga Tech simply staled they were researching new ideas.
Now, when they have a functioning prototype, they are ready to unveil the first new Amiga in 4 years - codenamed MindWalker.
Don't worry, by the time the production model is available Amiga Tech will have hopefully thought of a less '‘unique" name - like the A1400 or something.
The machine was on show in March at Europe's premiere computer show - CeBit in Hannover Germany.
.As you can see from the pictures on this page the design is something of departure from the Commodore design ethos. Instead of the usual beige box or an equally beige all-in-one unit, like the A1200, Amiga Tech have opted for a revolutionary design that looks nothing like an Amiga - or pretty much any other computer.
- Affectionately dubbed the "Hoover", the new Amiga was designed
not to look too much like a computer so that it can easily
blend into Amiga your living room without visitors thinking you
arc some sort of computer nerd. You could quite easily
introduce this new Amiga to people as. "My silver box. That
allows me to connect to the Internet and do other cool things".
However there is a lot more to the new Amiga than simply a different look. The main thrust of the requests from Atniga- ttsers. Was for a more powerful and expandible version of the A1200, This is exactly wrhat. Despite its concept car-like outward appearance, the "Walker" is. It, like the A1200 at its inception, is intended to be an entry-level machine that can still be pxpanded later on.
However, times have moved on now and people are demanding more power from their computers and to meet this need the “Walker” has been fitted with a 680EC8U CPU running at 40MHz. If users are going to be involved in a lot heavy mathematical calculations, such as 3D graphics or image processing, they will also have the option of fitting an FPU (Floating Point Unit) straight onto the motherboard.
ADD-ON AND ON AND ON... Having learnt a lesson from Commodore's mistake of not supplying enough of their machines with fast memory, or even making a provision for adding memory without an expansion card, the new Amiga has a new memory system. It is now- possible to add industry-standard SIMMs to the motherboard.
Up to a maximum of 128Mb of RAM can be added in this way via two SIMM sockets that can mix-and-match different sized SIMMs. The machine is going to be supplied with either five or 6Mb as standard (including 2Mb Chip RAM), which will mean that the machine will be able to perform at its best. You can expect the "Walker" to be on the same performance level as many accelerated A1200s, especially if you add an FPU.
I lowever the real triumph of design is its incredible modular expansion system. Thanks to a unique expansion bus you will be able to add-on a variety of different peripherals.
You will be able to choose between adding Zorro or PCI expansion slots as the bus supports both types. This means you'll be able to take advantage of either relatively cheap PCI peripherals from PC manufacturers or make use of existing and new Zorro-based cards. In this way you can enjoy the benefits of cheap hardware, take advantage of the new PowerPC boards that will soon be available and not have to throw away your existing cards.
MIX AND MATCH This innovative expansion system will give purchasers of new machines the opportunity to cither opt for monster tower system straight-away. Or to build their machine up piece by piece as their budget allows. This kind of flexibility and number of expansion options is unavailable on any other platform and should hopefully bring a lot of serious-minded computer-users back to the .Amiga. As the "Walker" is essentially a souped-up A1200 it should retain a high level of backward compatibility. This means that your existing software collection should run quite happily on it.
The “Walker" is still in the prototype phase of development and some of the features and specifications may he changed slightly, but this is going to be the first in a new generation of Amiga's. The final model should go into production, along with Workbench 3.2. towards the end of this Summer and should do very well this Christmas. It should cost approximately 1500DM (£700-750) and will, like most Pcs. Come supplied with a quad- speed CD-ROM drive, HD floppy drive and a hard disk around the 500Mb mark.
On a related topic the next, next-generation of Amiga, the ones based on the PowerPC processors, are still on schedule and should be with us in the first half of 1997. The modular expansion system of the "Walker” is likely to form the basis of these new machines and indicates that we’re in for a real treat.
To find out more about these new machines and many other Amiga-related things why not visit the Amiga Technologies WWW page at: http: www.amiga.de. CeBIT 96 With grounds equal to the size of most town centres, the new Amiga was by no means the only new product on show at CcBit ’96.
Amongst the legions of boring PC products there were some innovative new products that will be of interest to Amiga-ow-ners.
Perhaps the two most intriguing items were two new- removable storage devices. Iomega and SyQuest arc set to clash heads again with the forthcoming arrival of the Jaz drive and the SyQuest Ayjet. The companies are already in fierce competition with SyQuest's E7.135 and Iomega's 'drives struggling for portable media dominance.
Both the E 135 and 'drives are impressive products that oiler outstanding value, but these two new products will be offering over 1 (Gigabyte of portable data storage capacity. As you can imagine, having I Gb of data on a single cartridge is certainly good news for people working in areas of the computer industry that have data storage requirements, such as those involved with multimedia, graphics and music.
The Jaz drive is pretty impressive and has many similarities with its little brother the Zip drive. It has similar styling (a floppy-drive-mecis-walkman look) and the cartridges appear quite similar. The drive accepts 1Gb cartridges and can manage sustained transfer rates of between 3.77 to 6.73Mb sec with a maximum burst rate of about lOMb sec. The Jaz will be available in the UK early this Summer and will cost about £500.
SyQuest s answer to this new drive, is the Syjel, a slim-line 1.3Gb drive with a rather gorgeous casing that manages to look both futuristic and classical at the same time. Performance wise there is little difference between it and the Jaz - it has a sustained transfer rate of 4Mb sec and a maximum burst rate of lOMb sec. O If you want to see the Amiga "Walker" for yourself then pop along to the World Of Amiga Show - checkout our guide.
SHOW-GUIDE PAGE 16 Declining PC Sales Hit Escom Hard Escom. One of ihc leading PC manufacturers in Germany and parent company of Amiga let Imologies Ginbh, announced a loss of $ 85 million I'm the year eiidingl J95.
Blaming falling sales on a drop in market demand and inventors write offs, the results arc already sending shockwaves throughout the global PC and I S high technology sector.
Following suit, Compaq, the world's largest personal computet manufacturer, witnessed an acute drop ol 16 per cent in its share price. Related to investor fears of lower profits due to failed sales targets, the company has adopted an aggressive strategy of lower hardware prices and higher marketing spend in order to compensate.
3 The growing educational world of multimedia is opened up to be explored.
4 The drive doubles up as a CD player that can be connected to your Hi-Fi.
The trends are viewed by analysts as a sign of increasing consumer dissatisfaction with the complexity, difficulty of use. And expense of the PC.
5 Access to non-Net users of Aminct's prestigious and massive files.
Scheming Celt Turncoat Defects 6 Kodak photo CD access is as easy as installing simple to use software.
7 Provides a firm base for Amiga MPEG add- Opens the world of Full Motion Video CD's.
"Tall Bloke". "Scotiic". "McGill ". “Scheming Celt Turncoat."
Whatever name chosen to call him. The story's the same.
Steve McGill (47) has coldly and callously chosen to delect to those wacky Wakefield teamsters. Team 17 (where all old Amiga Format employees seem to end up). We have of course, sent advanced messages ol sympathy to Team 17.
We're also prepared to counsel them for the three months it takes before they decide to sack him.
8 Takes up a fraction of the physical space required to store hundreds of floppies.
Amiga Format are going to covermount a CD-ROM from next month onwards.
Lie yyill be sorely missed by the office cleaners.
Amiga Format’s Top Ten Reasons to buy a CD-ROM Drive 1 Massive storage potential of 650 Mb equivalent to over 700 floppy disks.
CD-ROMS can store - hundreds of images like C% Cheaper production costs of CD's leads to cheaper software.
EUROPEAN UNION BACK ATTEMPTS TO IMPROVE INTERNET USE University ) A1200 MISTAKEN FOR PC SHOCKER At CeBIT '96 there was of a new Internet PC N e t C o r n e r PROVECTOR-USERS GET ON-LINE SUPPORT The Amiga's favourite vector- wili Market In Turmoil ? The Bradford Columnjl-1 I|P=Ln NEWS MAY 1996 Leisuresoft, a seasoned UK hardware and software distributor, has been placed into voluntary administration as of Monday 18th March 1995.
Viewed as a move intended to protect Leisuresoft's creditors, the fate of the struggling distributor is viewed as further evidence of poor market conditions, (see Amiga Formal82. Bursting Bubbles’) As if to reinforce the feeling of gloom, Mindscape has recently posted a £6.9 million loss for 1995.
Cited by Mindscape as a reflection of a slacker than projected market, high development costs and intense competition, the beleaguered company sees the year ahead being as tough, if not tougher than 1995.
Although not good news for the .Amiga market, it does point to the need of a middle ground, easy to use. Affordable machine which is neither too expensive in hardware or software terms.
The release of the new Amigas in conjunction with the Surfer bundle could provide relief for a struggling industry.
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A V as possible, is heating up with two of the best known manufacturers producing sub-flOO 14.4K modems.
USRobotics are now supplying their Sportster VI Modem at the new low Hayes Microcomputer Products are supplying their similarly specified ACCURA puts Internet-capable dudes. Lee and Ken Stranahan have set up a website to promote their new video and CD-ROM package.
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T two f modems within the fiscal grasp of more computer users, so be on the look-out for these and other cheap modems from your local STRANAHAN BROTHERS GO ON-LINE Two of the foremost Just about every TV show you can think of and loads of films, you can expect to i wealth of useful
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NEW LIGHTWAVE SITE As well as the official Newtek site, there's
a new i for in French at the moment.
Fronch Wave contains plugins, images and utilities, ail for Lightwave Ih* f nglish version of the site should hopefully be up and running by March 31st (by the time you read this) and can be found at: http 'www.planete.net -dr ullhet website dedicated to this fab package. Based in Franco, and written mostly Sadly, the subliminal messages Escom are transmitting to the trade, by their almost bloody-minded intransigence, inactivity and reluctance to spend any money whatsoever, are sending even the most Amiga- devoted software publishers off to the (perceived) sunnier climes' elsewhere.
Not that they necessarily are sunnier, of course. The blggest-selllng Amiga release of recent years - SWOS - was converted to the PC almost a year later and, quite frankly. It hasn't set the world alight. Sales figures can only be a fraction of the Amiga's, and no wonder: It's a bloody travesty. It's managed to lose all the charm of the Amiga version and scrolls (even on a Pentium 133) like an Atari ST release from 1987. The door's still open. Sensible, and If this Is the way forward you'd be foolish to close it behind you.
If an AT CD-ROM drive arrives sometime soon, purchasers will have an absolute bean feast on CD32 software. I’ve seen shops selling reasonable titles for as little as £2.99 each lately, which should comfortably fill the void before new titles are released.
Having said that. If AT’s previous sense of vibrancy, timing and marketing nous is anything to go by. Most of those shops will have been converted Into cafes, opticians and fast food operations by the time the drive appears... I've never been one of those cynics who questioned the Great Lord Escom's Intentions when he flashed the cash at the liquidator, but witnessing the recent machinations of the Escom marketing machine Is causing even a simple soul like me to think a bit.
The Commodore name has been tagged onto a range of anonymous PC peripherals and is being thrust in front of consumers everywhere. Maybe I take things too personally, but It’s a bit like seeing a picture of your beloved ex- glrlfrlend In the local paper after she has got engaged to a red sports car-driving fool who frequents the Golf Club.
In comparison, the amount of creative marketing (and cash) apportioned to the Amiga Is virtually nonexistent.
Actually, forget about virtually'. And forget about 'In comparison' too. They're like a kid with a complex new toy.
Who ends up playing with the packaging Instead.
They're like a kid with a complex new toy who ends up playing with the packaging instead Yes, he Is a Welshman. But that doesn't make him wrong.
Shoot him down In flames via e-mail at: 101560.2770 @compuserve.com or fax him on: 01633 896087.
Tho opinions expressed here are those of a Welshman who Is an ex-retailer, but not necessarily those of Amiga Format.
"You are a rubber suited hard dude placed at the bow of a powerboat armed with a big gun."
Steve McGill on The Final Gate THE FINAL GATE CD** PAGE 52 World of Amiga Show E E C HISoft Bltttareoft HIQ HISoft Bltttarsoft HIQ *!
VO Os Os T- s If you're a real Amiga fan then you can't afford to miss it. Get your tickets and we'll see you there.
FLOORPLAN OF NOVOTEL EXHIBITION CENTRE To Amiga Thaatra Exciting things are afoot in the Amiga world; there’s a brand new Amiga (see pages 12 and 13), loads of new hardware products and oodles of software. Of course the best way to keep up on events in the Amiga world is to read the wonderful mag that you’re holding in your hands right now, but if you are looking for a more corporeal experience then you’d better book your train ticket to London right now. The World of Amiga show is making it’s triumphant return on the 13th and 14th of April and is definitely worth a visit for any Amiga-user
worth their salt. Tickets will costs £7 for adults and £5.50 for kids.
The show is being held at the Novotel in Hammersmith (London) and will be the venue for many an Earth-shaking event and release. Two of the biggest crowd-pullers will be Amiga Tech. And Micronics.
Amiga Tech’s stand will obviously be attracting a great deal of attention as the fust new Amiga in four years will be on show in the UK for the first time. Called the Amiga MindWalkcr, at the moment at least, this new machine features a futuristic casing, a 680EC30 processor, on-board SIMM and FPU sockets, a quad-speed CD- ROM drive, a HD floppy, a hard drive and a revolutionary new expansion system as standard.
Micronics will be turning a few heads with their A1200 tower systems which will be shown to the UK market for the first time. This new tower casing operates on a plug-in system that will enable Al 200- owners to slot in their mother board and peripherals quickly and easily.
Of course there will be tons of other stuff on show as well, such as the Surf Squirrel (and hopefully the new Jaz drive) from HiSoft, the SX-32 from Eyetech, the Siamese system from HiQ and a host of accelerators, SCSI controllers and hard disks from companies like Power Computing, Gasteiner and Siren Software.
Oh I almost forgot we’ll be there to, with the rest of Future Publishing's Amiga titles. ® 01234 273000 256 AGA COLOURS • 30 RAYTRACED GRAPHICS • 360° FIRST PERSON PERSPECTIVE 20 AWESOME LEVELS • MULTIPLE WEAPONS SYSTEMS • REALISTIC LIGHTING EFFECTS ATMOSPHERIC SOUND & MUSIC • HD INSTALLABLE • AVAILABLE FOR THE A1200 4000 “Breathless has boldly taken the Amiga where no Amiga has gone before.” AMIGA FORMAT MAGAZINE “At the moment there’s nothing like it This game plays as well as it looks” 92% CU AMIGA MAGAZINE OUR AWARD-WINNING PENTIU.
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wanted to know about memory, but um... forgot.
Memory is one of the great essentials of computing.
Along with processor speed and hard disk size it's essential to gel the right amount.
Although the Amiga is typically frugal with memory, it still needs quite a lot to perform at its best.
Memory is measured in units called “bytes", and one byte can store a value between 0 and 255. The next step up is a "kilobyte" or "Kb" which for reasons of binary arithmetic, isn't 1000 bytes, but 1024 bytes. A Megabyte ("Mb") is 1024 times 1024 bytes. A "Gb" is 1024 Megabytes.
A common trick which console game manufacturers play is to quote cartridge sizes in “Megabits". Since there are eight bits in a byte, they can say their game is "8Mb" and actually mean "1Mb". Tch.
The answer to the question “How much memory do I need?" Is simple. It's always "more than you currendy have".
T he standard A1200 comes with 2Mb of Chip RAM. Permanently attached to the main circuit board (so does the CD32 by the way) which is enough to run Workbench, one or two utilities and an application. However, with no Fast RAM, the A1200 can struggle. When you start to get low on memory strange things can happen - unexplained crashes, bizarre printing problems, corruption of data - that kind of thing.
Any Amiga, but the A1200 in particular, is improved beyond measure when 4Mb of Fast RAM is added. A tiMb set-up should really be considered the minimum lor games users. (Most games are normally written expecting only 2Mb of Chip RAM and won’t even notice any extra memory).
With 6Mb you can start to experiment properly with your Amiga, and explore its capabilities in depth.
Everything from animation to desktop publishing to programming becomes a lot faster and a lot more fun. Add more memory and you can start to play with topics such as image processing at a professional level. Ray tracing speeds up and more complex models are possible.
MEMORY FOR BEGINNERS Physically, memory looks rather dull. Most memory these days is in the form of “SIMMs" or “Single Inline Memory Modules".
SIMMs are actually small circuit boards with individual chips soldered directly to them, and they clip into special sockets. They were originally developed by Xerox as a way of simplifying the expansion of the memory of laser printers, but these days they have become the new standard, replacing DIPs “Dual Inline Packages" and ZIPs “ZigZag Inline Packages".
As SIMMS are so popular, most Amiga expansion systems come with sockets for one or more SIMMs, and this makes expansion and upgrading quite straightforward.
SIMMs are almost, not quite, a standard. There are many different types and it is essential get the right sort. To start with, SIMMs come in different capacities. The usual sizes are: 1Mb 2Mb 4Mb 8Mb 16Mb 32Mb 64Mb 128Mb Not all expansion boards can deal with all sizes. Different boards deal with different modules in different ways.
Some can mix and match (for example, one 4Mb and one 8Mb) some can't.
Check before you buy! If the board you arc buying has one SIMM, it's worth buying the largest SIMM you can afford.
If you buy a 1Mb SIMM and then realise you need a 4Mb, you will recover only a fraction of the price you paid for the 1Mb SIMM.
You'll also hear about SIMMs having “parity". Parity’ takes the form of an extra bit in every byte, and it is used by some Pcs to check that the memory is reliable. With modern memory, parity checking isn't very relevant anymore and the extra chips required simply increases the price. When shopping for 2Mb of Chip RAM soldered directly to the motherboard. Trapdoor expansion slot allows cards with extra Fast Memory to be added. Alternatively, a card with a faster processor can be added, again with sockets for extra Fast Memory. There is also a PCMCIA socket on the A1200, to which up to 4Mb of
Fast RAM can be added. The PCMCIA socket is not as fast as the trapdoor, and the performance of memory added in this way is poorer.
2Mb of Chip RAM soldered directly to the motherboard. Using expansion modules such as the SX-1 or SX-32. It is possible to add up to 8Mb of Fast RAM.
Five 72-pin SIMM sockets on the motherboard. One socket is for Chip RAM. And can be fitted with 1Mb or 2Mb modules. The four other sockets are for Fast RAM and will support 1Mb or 4Mb SIMMs. It Is not possible to mix these: they must all be a 1Mb or all 4Mb. Tip: when buying an A4000 with 4Mb of Fast RAM, make sure it is in the form of one 4Mb SIMM rather than four 1Mb SIMMs.
512K of Chip RAM. A trapdoor allows up to 512K more. An expansion bus allows up to 8Mb of fast. Various hacks and plug-in processor accelerators make almost any amount of memory, selcri non-parity SIMMs to try and save a few pounds. Parity memory should work perfectly in Amigas. But nothing will he gained.
An often overlooked aspect of memory, is speed. SIMMs are usually rated as operating at 60. 70 or 80 ns (nanoseconds). With no form of processor acellerator, 80ns RAM is usually sufficient. However, if you lit a processor which operates much faster than the standard A1200's 68020, you will need to ensure you have memory with the correct rating.
Speed of accelerator card Speed of memory 80ns. 70ns, 60ns 70ns, 60ns 60ns 25 - 28 Mhz 33 Mhz 40+ Mhz You can use faster memory with slower processors (nothing will happen) although using slow memory with fast processors is not recommended, and could lead to crashes and errors. Some processor cards will detect slower memory (or can be set to detect it) and will work fine, albeit at a slightly slower rate than maximum.
You can tell the speed of the SIMM by examining it closely for writing.
There should be a rating printed on it: a number ending in -6 or -7 or -8, or possibly -60, -70 or -80. If it saw -7. This means -70ns and so on.
SIMMs differ in other ways as well.
Some are double-sided, some are singlesided. Some have three chips on the board, some have more. Individually these SIMMs may work perfectly well, but when combined they may not work.
In some cases there is nothing you can do but call in Scully and Moulder.
A new form of memory, F.IX), has appeared in the last few months. EDO stands for "Extended Data Out" and it describes the way in which the chips present their data to the memory bus.
EDO chips are claimed to improve VIRTUAL MEMORY A phrase you will probably have heard is ‘virtual memory".
To an application program, virtual memory is no different from ordinary memory and can be written to and read from as normal. However, virtual memory is actually stored on a hard disk rather than in a memory chip. Intelligent software “caches" the memory as pages and copies them to and from disk as needed. Obviously this is a lot slower then ordinary RAM. But it also makes it possible to run memory-hungry software on less well endowed hardware.
Some programs. ImageFX for example, include their own “virtual memory" routines although in these cases the term is misapplied. True virtual memory requires a processor with a MMU (memory management unit) and works in the background unknown to the applications.
Virtual memory is one area where the Amiga lags behind operating systems such as Windows, but check out Aminet for programs such as “Vmem” and “Vmm".
Performance on Pcs, but Amigas are unlikely to see any improvement. On the contrary. EDO RAM may fail to work - although when we tested an 8Mb EDO SIMM with a Blizzard 68060 card it worked perfectly.
Older SIMMs came in 32 or 30-pin packages, and you'll still find these lurking on older Zorro cards or GVP hard drives for A300s. Hardly anything uses this size anymore, as we've all gone 32-bit which means 72-pin SIMMs are de rigeur.
SHOPPING FOR MEMORY Recently the price of memory has taken a considerable dive, and you should now be able to source 4Mb SIMMS for around the £50 mark.
Several reasons have been put forward: the launch of Vvindows95 prompted speculation that more memory would be required, but the amount was over-estimated and there is now a glut. Certainly several American RAM manufacturers have since been forced to file for bankruptcy.
When shopping for memory, the advice is obvious: check the goods are exactly what you need, and then shop around and haggle like crazy.
WATCH OUT, THERE'S A THIEF ABOUT!
The low size and high price of memory makes it a target for thieves. Many business people have returned to their premises in the morning only to find that they have suffered a burglary.
Instead of taking entire computer systems, the thieves only remove the SIMMs. SIMMs are not marked with a serial number, and so it is impossible to trace them.
On a smaller scale, employees sometimes “borrow" memory from office machines and take them home.
Often the memory isn’t missed until the next company audit.
When buying a SIMM privately make sure the seller has a legitimate reason for selling it. If you knowingly buy a stolen SIMM, you are actively encouraging their theft and also financing other criminal activities. How would you feel if your memory was stolen in a break in? More selfishly, if you buy a SIMM in suspicious circumstances, how do you know it will work properly? Thieves aren't renowned for their static sensitive precautions. What will you do if the SIMM is faulty? What sort of guarantee is there?
When you are buying an acellerator card with memory fitted, make sure to ask if the SIMM is brand new, unused and guaranteed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED MEMORY QUESTIONS
Q. WHAT SORT OF MEMORY HAVE I GOT?
You can check by looking at the vert- top of your Workbench window.
Assuming you have Workbench 2.04 or greater, you'll sec a measure of ¦graphics mem" (Chip RAM) and "other mem" (normally "Fast RAM").
Continued overleaf e memory possible from 2Mb Chip RAM expansions to 68040 cards with sockets for 64Mb of Fast RAM.
Practically the same as the A500 but with 1Mb of Chip RAM as standard. Again, many custom expansion methods exist.
1Mb of Chip RAM soldered directly to the motherboard. Adding a card to the trapdoor allows the Chip RAM to be increased to 2Mb.
PCMCIA slot allows Fast memory to be added, but it's not that fast... Early models came with 512K of Chip RAM, plug-in Zorro cards allowed up to 8Mb Fast RAM. Plug-in accelerators provide processors with their own memory bus and therefore considerably more than 8Mb.
Most A3000s were shipped with 1Mb Chip RAM and 1Mb Fast RAM in ZIP packages on the motherboard. Adding extra ZIPs is easy (once you have entirely taken apart the A3000).
The new Amiga has two SIMM sockets on the motherboard, for up to 128Mb 111 This tells you the amount of memory you have free - so a standard Amiga 1200 will display "0" for other memory as it comes with only Chip RAM as standard.
To see how much memory is available, open a Shell window and enter AVAIL. You'll see a list of Available memory (as the display at the top of the Workbench screen), In-use.
Maximum and largest.
Ui ee a 5 UI IL UI s s I I The Maximum is the amount of memory which is free after the Operating System has taken some.
Largest available memory is the size of the biggest currently available concurrent chunk of memory.
Q. WHAT IS FRAGMENTATION?
The Amiga's operating system deals with requests from programs and allocates and frees blocks of memory.
After a while the memory starts to “fragment" and the OS cannot allocate large chunks.
The same amount of memory is still available, but the pointers which the operating system uses are scattered here and there. Some programs will simply fail if they can't allocate a large enough chunk of memory. The only way to de-fragment the memory is to switch the Amiga off and then back on again.
Other fragmentation occurs because of the way in which the Amiga has Itoen expanded. For example, an Amiga 4000 with memory fitted to the motherboard, and to a processor accelerator and to a Zorro card may have a huge amount of free RAM.
However, the operating system is unable to merge them all into one continuous block and so there may be two or three pools of memory, each several megabytes large. A program such as S sinfo will detect these pools and list them separately.
Q. HOW DO I MAKE THE MOST OF THE MEMORY I HAVE?
If you arc in a low- meinory situation and don't really want to have to spend money on more hardware, there arc- several things you can do to save money and make the most of the RAM you have.
* First of all. Check your ENV: file in RAM to make sure there
isn't any data stored from programs which you have long since
deleted. Remove them from
F. NVARC.: and re-boot.
* Then check the screen modes you are using. Use as few colours
as possible, and cut down the screen size.
A four colour workbench may look less interesting than a 16 colour, but it also uses a lot less memory.
* Don't store unnecessary data in RAM disk when you can keep it
Don't mount a RAD disk unless you have to.
* If you have a MMU, make use of Virtual Memory techniques.
Q. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES A GRAPHICS CARD MAKE?
As the Amiga stores all the data for graphics in Chip RAM, using a graphics card such as a Picasso or Cybervision makes a large difference, and frees up a lot of Chip RAM.
This makes the most difference to the number of programs with detailed screens you can have running at once, and is also very helpful to any applicadon which stores data in Chip RAM. Such as some Desktop Publishing software.
Q. DO SOME SIMMS CAUSE PROBLEMS WITH PERIPHERALS FITTED TO THE
The Amiga A1200‘s P .MCL port is mapped in memory to the same location that some accelerator cards would place their second bank of 4Mb.
And this can cause problems. If you accusing a Squirrel you may find fitting an extra 4Mb or a single 8Mb SIMM causes the SCSI interface to stop working or vice versa. This is a problem mainly with older or cheaper memory expansions.
If you have a card with 8Mb fitted, you can check where your memory is with the “showconfig" command. Memory starting at S2000000 is a problem, memory starting SI (1)00000 will be fine.
Q. HOW DOES CACHING A ROM MAKE IT FASTER?
Some acellerator cards or utilities offer the option of caching the Kickstart ROM in RAM. This means that the ROM data is copied into a block of RAM. And patched so that it appears to be in its original location. This speeds up the Amiga because by its nature.
ROM is slower to read than RAM. 1) AMIGA MEMORY TYPES CHIP RAM The Amiga has a main processor (the 680x0), but also its custom chips which handle graphics and sound. These chips operate independently of the processor they cannot for example, be sped up by adding a processor accelerator. However, both the processor and the custom chips need to access memory. The 680x0 needs to write to the memory to create the data needed for the video display, and the graphics hardware needs to read from the memory in order to make the display.
Part of the Amiga's hardware is therefore dedicated to making sure that the right component has access to the memory at the right time.
This obviously slows down access to the memory, as there will be times when both the processor and the custom chips want to access the same location.
All Amiga's come with Chip RAM as standard: they have to otherwise they wouldn't work as there would be no memory for the video display. Chip RAM is limited to 2Mb in the current range of Amigas. The A4000 has a jumped on the motherboard marked “Chip RAM 2Mb 8Mb" but this does nothing other than cause regular outbreaks of speculation on Usenet.
Vo o erv T- § FAST RAM Only data which is important to the custom chip set needs to reside in Chip RAM. An Amiga can also be fitted with extra memory - memory which cannot be accessed by the custom chips.
This is referred to as "Fast RAM*. The reason why is obvious: fitting Fast RAM to an Amiga will often increase it's speed - sometimes by as much as a factor of two.
With Fast RAM present programs and their data are free to reside outside the reach of the custom chips and the processor therefore never has to wait and can operate at full speed. Adding Fast RAM to an Amiga with only Chip RAM is the simplest way to speed it up.
FASTER RAM It is possible to add memory in such a way that it can be accessed even faster than Fast RAM. Take the Amiga 4000 as an example. Memory placed on Zorro II expansion cards can only be accessed 16 bits at a time.
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Special effects is by no means Ira Curtis Coleman's only profession. He was a design consultant engineer in video, computers and electronics before he entered the film world. He has since worked with some of the top names in the industry and he has done much of his work using his favourite machine - I he Amiga.
Band of bright light across a screen of flickering black bats. It was Coleman's job to generate and emulate all the necessary images himself.
“We emulated radar screens and footage of the boat moving up and down Loch Ness. I even went out with an underwater camera anti directed it to gel tile images that I wanted. These images were then altered to make them look more interesting."
After developing an interest in technology at an early age (he made his first record plaver aged only seven).
Coleman went 011 to develop the first Hi Hand video machine, the first triple standard pneumatics, and the first oflline editing suite in the UK. He was also responsible for the first colour Coleman's latest venture is the film Loch Ness, starring Ted Danson and Joely Richardson, which opened in February.
For those who haven't yet seen it. Ted Danson plavs a cynical scientist, keen to disprove the existence of the mythical monster. He embarks on several trawls up and down Loch Ness in a boat packed full of the latest monster spotting hardware and it was for this part of the film that Coleman's expertise was required.
"The director was one of those people who knew computers and wanted specific things on the screens in the boat. He wanted lots of graphics and he wanted them to look as real as possible."
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would be a microcomputer to be used on TV.
SCALAR ANALYSIS PROBE I le became known in the industry as 'the great modification man' because, if a piece of equipment failed to do the required job, he would simply modify it until the right results were achieved.
While he designed the equipment for 1 lie film Alim, it was not until he was approached to do the Bond movie.
Xa’rr Sin Sever Again, in 1982. That his involvement in the mov ie industry really began. Up until that point he had simply designed the equipment bef ore handing it over to the directors and then leaving. But 011 Xevrr Say Xnm Again he was called in to build the system and then asked to stay on and take over the whole technical side.
LOCK-UP SYSTEMS “I found that when you're an engineer you 'become' an engineer. You have to deal with very boring technical people and I realised I was becoming very boring. I was living electronics, thinking circuits and talking about equipment.
But when I got on the floor of a film set. With designers anti art people, life suddenly became interesting again."
As his work in the film business progressed. Coleman continued to develop new groundbreaking equipment. He designed the first "lockup" systems for film cameras enabling the film camera and the sound cameras to move around f reely without a direct connection between them.
The film Drains, which later became tbe TV series (Mfiital City, was probably Coleman's most challenging work to date. He created a Dealer Room complete with HiO telephones.
24 desks, flashing lights and 120 monitor screens. He then developed a computer that drove everything 011 the set and locked up all the different MONSTER a sources. But Loch Ness was a challenging in a different way.
"Everything had to be seen to look as real as possible. We had to move lock, stock and barrel up to this village hall by Loch Ness. We had to have this boat built and make it look as real as possible and then produce lots of graphics. It w-as at times like this that die Internet proved invaluable.
MULTI-TASKING “We were in the middle of nowhere, it takes five days for anything to arrive - and that's just from London.
“But, using CiX and Demon, I was able to call up some colleagues and get them to put stuff direcdy in my mailbox. The computer industry was really useful."
So. Why have Coleman and many of his counterparts in the film industry chosen to use the Amiga for so much of their work? The ultimate reason for Coleman at least, is dial the Amiga is one of the only machines that has the ability to accept his custom boards.
"The director was one of those people who knew computers and wanted specific things on the screens in the boat. He wanted lots of graphics and he wanted them to look as real as possible."
"I have special boards that plug into my machine dial prevent flickering of the kind we mentioned earlier. On a normal Amiga, using images like the ones I have generated, the screen would be flickering all over the place. I can design and build the boards to prevent that flickering and the Amiga allows me to put them in it."
“They had a wonderful product with the Amiga but they didn't listen to good advice."
Coleman believes the future of the Amiga market depends on what Escom do with their power.
“They have got to do a RISC chip and they obviously are doing that. The PC Mac parallel operating systems are the future. If they get that together and produce full 24-bit and have a decent alpha channel then they can come back.
But what they have to do is talk to people and encourage people to write for the machine.
“If Commodore had done that in the early days and encouraged the developers they wouldn't be in the state they are now and it's a real shame."
Despite the current problems with the .Amiga, Coleman's work on Loch Ness left him with every right to be satisfied with the machine’s capabilities.
“Everyone who came to the preview seemed to be quite pleased with the results, including some of the fishermen who'd been out on the trawlers. They said it was lifelike to them. If someone says to me "Oh, this is all done by people doing graphics”, then my job isn't done properly.
“My main task is to make tilings look as real as possible so you don't give them a second look. That's the whole point of film making." 5 The fact that the Amiga is a multitasking machine also makes it extremely desirable to people like Coleman.
“The multi-tasking nature of the Amiga means that I can have other modules sitting in the operating system that can drive those special boards. This enables me to have different things in the machine all operating at the same time. I can take the Amiga and modify' it so it performs the tasks that I require.
“As yet diere isn’t an IBM that multi-tasks properly, they're getting there but they're also taking their time about it."
Although Coleman has consistendy relied on the Amiga to do his work he is now being forced to look at the possibility of using other machines.
“I am now designing boards that can he used in IBMs and possibly in Macs because I don't feel that we can rely on Escom. We could never really rely on Commodore because they never took anybody seriously.
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Tel. 00 49 2171 72 45-60 Fax 00 49 2171 72 45-90 Computer Service BruckenstraBe 2 • 51379 Leverkusen REEN play We've been accused recently of talking the market up and making unrealistic claims about the Amiga.
True, we're certainly biased toward the Amiga, but we're never unrealistic. Merchants of doom will point to the lack of releases on the platform and point out that it spells the platforms demise.
It doesn't point to the demise of the Amiga, it points toward the stupid situation whereby developers and retailers have taken on board the ridiculous hype about the Playstation and PC CD-ROM.
Countless numbers of companies and organisations are falling into receivership.
Sales are flat on ALL platforms. The promise of the good days of 91 92 coming back with the advent of Playstation is nonsense. Not until developers start producing next generation gameplay rather than rehashed tired old formulas with motion capture and texture maps will the market pick up again. As the Bitmap Brothers pointed out when I visited them, "we know the Amiga so well it means we can experiment with Al and gameplay in a way we cannot afford with other platforms."
Combined with the residual market of the Amiga and new machines on the way, it's time developers woke up... Steve McGill takes a trip to London to meet the Bitmap Brothers, creators of Chaos Engine 2.
AMIGA FORMAT'S REVIEW POLICY Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games.
We try to ensure we keep you as up-to-date as possible and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
WHAT OUR REVIEW SCORES MEAN The creme de la creme. Only the very best, most playable and original games are awarded an AF Gold - the most highly prized rating there is.
These games are very good, but due to minor flaws are not the finest examples of their genre.
Good games which are worth buying, especially if you have a special interest in a game type.
Average releases with somewhat limited gameplay and appeal. Games in this category tend to be flawed.
Below average games which are unlikely to impress your mates or your wallet. Avoid.
Overwhelmingly poor quality games with major flaws and appalling gameplay.
AGA Amigas ¦ Separate A500 600 versions ¦ Bitmap Brothers Time Warner Interactive Tel: 0171 391 4300 Ask any seasoned Amiga gamer to name his all time top five Amiga games and you could almost guarantee that at least one of the titles mentioned would be a creation from the Bitmap Brothers.
For such has been the Brothers' impact on the world of videogames that they have iconified themselves in their own lifetime.
They wear classics like Xenon, Speedball, and The Chaos Engine on their sleeve as trophies.
Historically, it's easy to see why. Bitmap games assisted the ST and Amiga in breaking the back of the eight-bit Spectrum, Commodore, and Amstrad, triad. They also helped carve the elusive rules of superior gameplay and defined the reference games for a legion of upcoming developers, publishers, and games journalists to turn to and learn by.
Part of their success lay in their unstinting philosophy of non-discrimination against the proprietary platforms used to host their games.
According to Simon Knight, Big Bitmap Brother, "The most important part is the game. The platform isn't too important."
Of course, the Amiga and ST were the most profit likely and technically advanced home platforms at the time of the Bitmap's biggest chart successes so that probably helped as well.
Nevertheless, the Bitmaps coupled their worthy philosophy with a coding ability that made them the envy of the industry. And it's this exquisite ability which makes the decision to forge ahead with the sequel to the Chaos Engine so exciting for Amiga gamers.
Unlike many software houses, the Bitmaps have a tradition of improving their sequels. Play the original Speedball and then The absolute pits.
Z IU iu QC U Irt VO ffl A » s Speedball 2 to see what we mean. The sequel can truly be considered to be an advance on the original.
A quick visit to Bitmap Headquarters at Wapping Wall in London soon convinced us that Chaos Engine 2 is going to offer gamers a radically different game which will at the same time retain the essence of the original The reasons for this are threefold.
1) The thrust of the interaction between the player characters
has been made competitive rather than cooperative.
2) The artificial intelligence routines of the computer
characters, including the monsters, have been optimised and
improved; it now takes up to a third of the game code.
3) There's more interaction between the characters and the
Due to this shift in emphasis, it's worth expanding on the above mentioned differences.
The Chaos Engine, whether played by two people or one, always involved two characters on screen. Their relationship to each other was basically cooperative verging on ambiguous. Competition certainly occurred between two human players but Chaos Engine 2 will encapsulate this style of competition as well as actively encouraging players to shoot each other and to try and trip the other up at every opportunity.
Experience and bonus points will be awarded to the first character to accomplish set objectives. It's the fulfiling of these objectives that leads to major conflict. When it was pointed out to the Brothers that they might just be responsible for war in domestic households they merely laughed and said, "we certainly hope so."
The artificial intelligence routines are possibly the most interesting part of the game.
They'll inject it with the atmosphere and believability that aids gamers towards the bliss of 100% immersion. The intelligence has been improved in every aspect of the game.
"Although the original intelligence worked well enough, the hardest part was making the CPU character more responsive. Now, if the player isn't all that good, the Al will slow down and stop the CPU character from winning every time.
At this point, I started playing the game to see for myself. The first difference between the original and the in-progress sequel is immediately evident. Whereas the original had six characters for the player to choose from, the sequel has a slimmed down four. Simon Knight explained, "The more characters you have, the harder it is to give them noticeably different traits and characteristics.
"Four is the optimum number taking into account the memory consuming extra animation frames we've opted to put into the game.” The competitive nature of the play is disconcerting at first.
The CPU character zips off with the intent of a predator hunting its prey. It becomes immediately obvious that the learning curve in the game will be steeper due to this. Not that that's a bad thing.
"If the player isn't much good, the Al will compensate and slow the CPU character down."
Another aspect of the Al is the way it controls the in game music. "It's much more reactive than most games." If you're covering old ground it'll quieten down, whereas if you're surrounded by bad guys and nearing the end of the level it has an amphetamine like urgency that spurs you on to greater effort.
The last of the major differences will lie in the interactivity of the characters with the background.
Characters can shield themselves from bullets by leaning into walls.
There are overhangs that can be passed under and through, which adds to the three dimensional feel of the scenario.
And, in a move guaranteed to delight Chaos Engine veterans, walls and platforms can be jumped off. If there happens to be anything underneath it will be killed. Terrific.
The whole game going to take place over four different worlds in four different time periods and offer four levels per world. There will also be four bonus hidden levels making a grand total of 20 levels in all.
Additional extras will include the casting of spells, extra weapons power ups and a cornucopia of new enemies to do battle with. It's going to be released in the third quarter of the year, in plenty of time for Christmas, and, with any luck the predicted high sales curve will encourage Time Warner Interactive to rethink their policy on the Amiga market.
All that's needed is more confidence and direct action like their decision to take Chaos Engine 2 off of the shelf. Cj Data Disk ¦ AGA Amigas ¦ 2Mb Siltunna Software ¦ Tel: 01302 890000 One of the marks of a good software house is that they aren't afraid to admit to mistakes in their games.
Siltunna Software are one such company. Rather than feeling stung, stressed out, and pissed off about some of the criticisms of the original Xtreme Racing game (reviewed in AFB2, 81%), they've opted instead to correct the errors. Not only that, they've chosen to rely on a two pronged attack to dissuade cynical dissent.
The first prong of their strategy involves dealing with owners of the original game. If you've bought Xtreme Racing and feel disappointed, the data disk contains a patch to improve the playability. This patch has been put onto the Aminet which means that most PD Houses will carry it shortly. Failing that method of dissemination, Amiga Formal will be putting it onto one of our coverdisks (as well as our upcoming CD-ROM) asap.
So why are we being so kind? Easy. The original Xtreme Racing was like the Bridge on the River Kwai. So near, yet so far. Not only could it have shown to the world the superiority of a smartly programmed A1200, but it dispensed with the myth that somehow you need a multimillion dollar 'Dream Team' to produce highly playable and entertaining games.
Technically and metaphorically. Super Mario Karl was blown away. Unfortunately the gameplay let it down. To make amends and enhance the experience of playing, the data disks offer extra courses, different traits for the cars, better grouping and themes more akin to an Amiga game rather than a console. Full review and details, as they say, next month.
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First of all there was eight bit Football Manager by Kevin Toms. It spawned a million imitators which, although improving on the original formula, never quite seemed to deliver the same encapsulating experience.
Until, that was, Tracksuit Manager made an appearance. With the arrival of this game the whole concept of the football management game was turned on its head.
Tracksuit Manager offered in depth tactics and allowed room for analysis of each players progress. It also broke ground by offering a running commentary which let the manager see who was playing well and who wasn't.
EaI'IO PajI i«Sf Sporting Knife Tnmncnc n nor'triiL ron hcu SIIIJ0N=:.-=5V-i sacv«r gs Sic iMiami ______ mil m The concept and the features reinforcing the concept helped make Tracksuit Manager one of the most successful football management games of the time. I was working in retail when it was released and couldn't order enough of them into the shops to satisfy demand.
But time stops for no game. Since then, Tracksuit Manager has been surpassed in terms of tactics, tricks and features. When asked to comment on the commentary device in Tracksuit Manager, Steve Faragher - Editor of top Role Playing magazine Arcane and all round connoisseur of computer football management games - said that he would "nick it for my perfect game." Heady praise indeed.
But, how does the sequel shape up, taking into account the considerable length of time separating the two? Have Alternative done enough to deliver the goods to an expectant Amiga public? Or are we all going to be disappointed?
THE SECOND COMING Before tackling the questions, let's take a look at what's on offer.
There are two versions. One for the A500 600 and another for AGA machines. There are three disks for AGA and two for ordinary machines. The only real difference between the two lies in the quality of the picture back drops; AGA graphics take up more space.
Alternative recommend that you make copies of the disks and use the backups. The game uses a protection system based on coloured symbols. Conveniently, ali of these symbols are printed on the label of disk two, dispensing at a stroke with the need for the manual to be around at all times. Nice one.
Unfortunately this thoughtfulness is let down by the lack of a hard drive installation program.
After selecting the team you want to play - it can be any team in the English football league - you have to choose from one of five character types for the manager. There’s no mention of the difference between the characters in the manual, so although the categories are fairly self explanatory, the difference they make to the game is hard to fathom.
* It's also at this stage that the option exists to play against
As with most things, this adds spice to the prospect of winning leagues, cups and the like. Knowing that someone is trying their best to beat you amplifies the experience and it may be on this feature that Alternative will pick up a tidy amount of sales.
The layout and the design of the game at first seems like a hybrid of On the Ball and Super League Manager. The control centre for access to the various features of the game is in the style of an office. There are several functional icons cunningly disguised as office furniture. Super League Manager adherents will probably be disappointed to find that you can't drink from the coffee cup. In all, there are 11 access points out of the office. From these you can pick a team, buy and sell players, find another job, converse with staff such as physios and coaches, analyse data, scout out the
opposition, and generally take control of all aspects of the game.
ON THE BALL Once you become completely familiar with the navigations skills required, you can start to hone your team and get in tune with the beauty of the tactics and strategy. For it's here that Tracksuit Manager 2 excels. Everything you could possibly want to know about your players is there to be analysed; past form, present form, strengths, weaknesses, fitness, value, psychology, ratings, and discipline.
Where they play on the field and how they play isn't just down to the formation, style and tactics chosen by the manager, Individual players can have specific instructions such as hanging back in defence or supporting the attack issued to them. As such, it makes the whole process feel organic and evolutionary; you just know you'll tune your tactics to perfection in the next match.
In all, it hangs together well. If the manager stays in tune with the individual performances of his players, results Above: David Ginola grabs a quick drink of Newkie Brown after scoring a well worked goal.
Publisher Alternative Software Price £25.99 Versions A500 600 & A1200 4000 will come. One criticism concerns the team selection though. It would have been nice il you could swap players when all of the stats on each player are displayed in the attributes screen.
Instead you have to go back to the previous screen and carry out the placement from there.
Direct ability comparisons while on the job are therefore hard to carry out.
The running commentary, while groundbreaking in its day, seems quaintly static now. However, it still represents one of the better ways to hone your eye on individual players and assess their performance. You can tell exactly whose got the ball, what they're doing with it, and whether or not they're being outfoxed by a classier opponent.
But, with the likes of Player Manager 2, On the Ball. Premier Manager 3, and Ultimate Soccer Manager offering match views that let you build up a bigger picture in your mind's eye, it seems too limited by today's standards.
Perhaps a hybrid of commentary and visual matchplay would have been better.
So, despite being a self contained and entertaining game, Tracksuit Manager 2 hasn't moved with the times as much as it should have.
It doesn't offer anything groundbreaking, innovative, different enough or unique enough to make it an outstanding purchase. It's solid, dependable, and fun.
Wait until Championship Manager 2 is finally released before making a final decision to buy. 'Tj System requirements 1Mb Release date Out now GRAPHICS k Clever use of colour doesn't disguise that it's mostly text.__________ iSOUND 1 Music is cheesy. FX are passable.___________ | ADDICTION r Yes it comfortably makes the grad of addictive.
PLAYABILITY Fiddly mechanisms make it a bit niggly to control. ‘ Doesn't fulfil the promise of its pedigree, but it's still fun to play and ultimately that's what counts.
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The Amiga's best pinball game is brought to you courtesy o! Scandinavian coders Liquid Design.
Finally there's an Amiga pinball game that has broken the mould. Until now flipper games have either been perfectly-scrolling, good-looking and ultimately boring reproductions of The Real Thing (Pinball Mania, Illusions) or they've been quirky, curious things (Pinball Preludes) or they've been crap (Thomas The Tank Engine).
Actually, there is a fourth category for surreal French pinball games. It has one entry - Ultimate Pinball Quest.
And do you know something? For years, people who choose silver balls and flippers as their favourite stimulant, have been muttering-. 'Why can't they get it right? What we want is an Amiga pinball game that doesn't try to replace The Real Thing, but develops it - we want sub-games, and video sequences and loads of top technical trickery .'
In short, pinball games that try to imitate The Real Thing are stuft and nonsense Real pinball machines have been trying to introduce a video game element tor years.
Slam Tilt at last says. 'Hang on, f'm a video game. Maybe I should include some little video sequences., It's a cunning plan. And in this case it works rather well Slam Tilt is not an unqualified success, but it moves the Amiga pinball genre on so far that you can safely ignore most of the previous games. The future of Amiga pinball games starts here.
So what have we got then?
VO T T r- § Weli, Slam Tilt is a huge game, there are too many leatures.and video modes to look at all of them, but let's take a peek at each of them, starting with... PIRATES A seafaring theme. Some might say nautical, but nico.
But not us. A similar table to Mean Machines in that it's t bit tussy and the video Nautical, but nice: The Pirate table has many hidden depths.
Naiine process for activating the video bits can be a bit of a too. Ft involves firing the batl up the lane just to the le r and then, when the ball lands on the top ) ft up the mode chute. Here are some good things on offer: Shark Attack: A simple, if chilling scenario. You will be « by a large-finned beast unless you can hit enough ramps and loops and things to put 54 seconds between you and the big fish. Those with a keen sense of the morbid might enjoy Knife Throwing: Throw knifes, avoid canon fire keep the ball lay, sweep the floor. This one will keep you busy. Or not V i can't do it. Vou
don't really have to sweep th you are supposed to dodge cannon hails by using the flipper keys and lob knlvos using the hnturn key.
Crocodile Multiball: Easy-peasy two-ball multiball r the more worthwhile by the hilarious music.
Overall: There * to this table, bu await?
Why do pirates always waar patches'* Answars on postcard please ir; Use the top flipper to
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Yvaur Simple, yet cunningly ettective, Night 01 ' Demons boasts some top features, More multibatl mayhem. This time 1rom deep space.
ACE OF SPACE ribly the finest pinball table In the history ot the Amiga. This is the only computer pinball table I've ever played where I'v Space Bat i Top. This chap gets pummelled every time you h« • bumper.
Middle. Drop the werewolf or suffer the ghastly consequences.
Bottom. The ghastly consequences of not dropping the werewolf UGHT OF DEMONS s compared to the clutter ot . But Night Ot Demons comes a close a Ot Space in the Urn ot top Amiga pinball »rs might find the squelching noise made ssh In the Exterminate Vampire mode, a tad Veep the ball in j tSpace Bo Us you. A fantastic table, it's simp you have to do is whacV the ball into the Space Station t the bottom lett ol the screen and hit the approp start. But you can have loads ot modes lit at on breathlessly, finish one and another is upon you Here are the best bits; The Death Planet: Brilliant. In
video mode walls and have to dodge them using the I flippers. It’s the same theory as Ihe I on Mean Machines. But that was a bit dull and this is whlte- VnucVle mayhem. Ridiculously simple. Very exciting.
Btaml: Blast video targets - including a banana, a space station and a cyber cow - by hitting the appropriate ramp.
The mechanics are identical to many ol the leatures on son ol the other tables This way it's just a lot more lun.
Iu can always turn the volume down.
Limpto plan. Alter shooting the appropriate ite the mode, a bat tlutters around the video , tiring the ball up more ramps, you can unload a t it. Crude, t ; The sight ot the poor chap on the video screen I as the ball hits the bumpers is one ol this nents.
S gruesome beast lurches towards lair by hitting the Nerewolt Trap pi, you havo to tap the flipper keys as i can to shoot the last approaching werewolt and I sorts ot unpleasantness.
I space between : Expertly crafted table. The best.
Overall: Simple, yet llendishly ettective.
St 94% IV Why do pinball fables often feature semi-naked women?
Answers in an envelope please with toads ol ramps and llashy things, Mean it plays - it looks tantastic and plays iject ot the exercise is to go and the video mode. You could just play lor but you'd bo a rather sad Individual il you did.
Nk the ball into the hole at the top-leh ot the table to activate ere again to start it. The highlights One Race: Use the llippers to steer your car around the brilliant, you’ll do this six times, collect the ol a maximum bonus and an extra ball. II you ate mortal, you’ll crash alter a tew seconds, swear a lot and o! No Score Hashing up on the screen.
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Overall: Good, in a methodical and ighhlj mechanical kinda way.
88% Chicken Race: You are in a head-to-head race with a psychopath who's probably got no licence and been drinking heavily. The its down and the later you leave it beloie confidently trap on the lett ol the table, the more points you get iail to hit the trap belore the time runs out, your car ii totalled by the psychopath and you climb Irom the wreckage a d player.
,s and slightly unnecessary thing, g something lar more important, you notice that your car is overheating and eventually explodes. You can prevent this happening il you stop i're doing and hit a lew lights. Or you can plode, which is lar more satisfying.
Don't worry, you've got plenty more.
Slam Tilt is the biggest, best and most imaginative pinball game on the Amiga.
Adventure, intrigue and tantastic tlipper action.
SOUND Hard rock, haunting melodies and loony tunes. Fantastic.
ADDICTION I The only pinball game that grabs you by the, er, balls.
PLAYABILITY I Brilliant. Flipper control is everything you could possibly Compelling pinball action packed with humour and hidden depths.
Plays like a dream.
GRAPHICS The tables look great, the video modes are simple, yet cunningly conceived.
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Effigy Software One of the best pinball games released on the
Amiga. By definition that makes it one of the best pinball
Plays around with the concept of pinball and Newtonian physics in an admirably frivolous frisson of gameplay and fun. There are three tables in all, each one representing a distinct era of time.
The first set in the past is completable. The second is probably the best, and the third gives the player a pseudo 3D view which adds up to one of the most original versions of a tiring genre.
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ZEEWOLF 2: WILD JUSTICE AF80; FG90%) Binary Asylum You keep on missing this one guys.
And you shouldn't. Some day soon, one of the console developers is going to pick up on the potential of this game and claim it as their own.
Zeewolf 2 puts you in charge of a blue helicopter which is viewed from a first person-ish perspective.
It has three weapons systems plus a whole battery of remote link vehicles to call upon in missions of particular difficulty and sensitivity.
You have to bring peace to the world by rescuing prisoners and hostages and killing as many of the enemy as possible. It's open ended enough to be described as the thinking man's shoot-em up and one day soon it's going to be recognised as representing the kernel of next generation gameplay. Go for it. NOW.
FEARS (,AF76¦; FG92%) Manyx Truly inspirational use of the AGA chipset merges with a Doom-clone so tough that it probably offers the best value for money of any game on the market at the moment.
Also included is an editor and an advanced editor to create your own dungeon scenarios, as well as that all-important link-option.
Enabling you to hunt down and kill your beat friends.
ODYSSEY (AF76; 85%) Audiogenic Beautiful little platform-baaed arcade adventure that plays at a pace aet by the gamer himself. It can be fast; it can be slow; it can be in between.
Requires a bit of thought on the best way of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems, but the ability to change into any one of ten creatures certainly helps. Great) SUPER STREET FIGHTER 2 (AF7S, 88%) US Gold Despite the smallness of the sprites, the excessive number of disks and disk swaps. Super Streetfighter 2 manages to capture the gameplay, combos and special moves of the arcade original in a way that excited our resident Streetfighter champion, Graeme Sandiford to sum it up as: "Surprisingly good, except for the graphics".
GLOOM A1200 (AF7S, FG91%) Guildhall One of the main contenders for the accolade of top Doom-clone on the Amiga, Gloom was created, developed and programmed using Amiga-only software: Devpac2, Blitz Basic 2, Art Department Professional and Deluxe Paint It puts the proverbial finger up to developers with pretensions of global grandeur and proves that you don't need a marketing-budget the size of a lottery-win to create successful, exciting games. O FANTASY MANAGER (AF7848%) Hit Squad A terrible attempt at implementing fantasy football leagues on the Amiga. In a fit of console mentality, Anco
figured that by licensing the right to print pictures of David Baddiel and Frank Skinner they could get away with the minimum of programming.
So many fundamental mistakes in terms of design and user friendliness, it quickly becomes apparent that it's a cash in of ridiculous proportions. Even at the budget price of £9.99, it's still a waste of time.
SUBVERSION (AF76-, 10%) Guildhall Any feature of a game can be twisted round and made into a benefit. So, from an advertising point of view, Subversion boasts hundreds of thousand of different combinations of play and ten levels of difficulty. In reality, it presents you with one sub-standard ZX Spectrum screen which is so poor it doesn't even make it on to the glossily packaged box. Avoid.
DISASTER AREA Cover thine eyes, sweet child, from these ABOMINATIONS Harry may be a manky brown hedgehog and Charlie may not be so cool but for under £10 Steve McGill reckons they're worth a look at.
MAY 1996 I 1 SCREENPLAY Publisher NRC Software 131 Gunnersbury Avenue Acton London W3 BLE into disrepute before they could actually start shipping the game.
Therefore, the creators have decided to go it alone and release Charlie J Cool onto the mail order circuit. It's not a bad idea, for despite being stunningly average and suffering from some of the worst platform mechanics of the genre, there will still be people willing to buy and play it.
Versions A500 600 & separate A1200 Release date Out Now Harry's Balloons Designed as a sporting challenge, Harry’s Balloons is certainly very different.
The player is put in charge of a manky brown hedgehog character called Harry, whose principal purpose in life lies in helping balloons defy gravity and change colour.
The action takes place on one static screen and extracts much tactile jiggery pokery from the player as well as demanding a modicum of brainpower at the same time.
Hinging on the ability to keep balloons in the air while changing their colour is the essence of the game. To be expected the game becomes increasingly difficult and demands ever more juggling to progress.
To help, the occasional power up falls from the heavens and makes the job easier for Harry to execute.
As with most games, it's much more fun when playing with or against someone else. It also distracts the players away from the impression that Harry's Balloons doesn't really belong on the Amiga platform. This is more suitable for the likes of the C64 or the Amstrad CPC. Some people will love it, but then there are still plenty of people buying Rise of the Robots.
Grab a hold of the demo. Who knows, you might just think it warrants a quid less than a tenner. If ODHS Charlie J Cool was reviewed by the illustrious Stephen Bradley in issue 67 of Amiga Formal.
He gave it 50% and concluded that it was "stunningly average stuff indeed".
There's not much more we can really add to that, it is "stunningly average". The reason we're looking at it again this month is due to the unfortunate circumstances the game found itself in.
Charlie J Cool was never published because Rasputin fell The plot, just like any platformer, is mostly irrelevant and attempts to disguise some of the fatal design flaws such as great leaps of faith, certain falls that instantly kill you, and a propensity toward pixel perfection to make certain jumps.
You could do a lot worse for your £10, so if you've got money to burn, the address is in the little box at the end with the game score. 'If Charlie looking incredibly cool. The idea, surprisingly enough, is to dodge, jump, collect and kill across 28 levels of horizontally-scrolling action, picking up keys along the way.
Publisher I Collide Design 501 International House 233 Regent Street London W1R 8QD Price £8.99 Versions A500 600 1200 Release date Out Now 40% J™ » Publi Football Management games are one of the most popular genres known to the Amiga.
Alternative Software, after years of deliberation, have finally brought the seminally popular sequel to Tracksuit Manager- Tracksuit Manager 2 is reviewed on page 37.
To help celebrate the event, those ever generous chaps from Alternative are offering a state of the art Goodmans 14” colour portable television. Not only can this telly double up as a personal monitor for the Amiga, but it will also tune into all of the terrestrial broadcasting stations carrying highlights and live matches from this summer's European Championships.
Lust answer the following three easy questions and send your answers on a postcard (postcard only please) to "They Think It Hasn't Started. It Hasn't Yet", Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath BA1 2BW. Alternatively, send your answers via e-mail to email@example.com putting Alternative Compo in the subject line.
The postcards with the correct answer will be drawn on the 30th May. The winners will be informed thereafter. Good luck
1. Which two UK teams have been drawn in the same group of the
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c) Terry Venables LOIS, CLARK AND THAT WEDDING: Behind the scenes
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The manual (which incidentally to save production costs is a photocopied rag held together with two staples) covers four other games in the same series.
All of your actions are carried out by pressing the keys and the game is so badly programmed that the mouse pointer is exactly the same colour as the background. They would've got away with it too if it hadn't been for that pesky mouse.
In conclusion, Test Match Cricket isn't just an enemy of the Amiga market, it's a blood sucking leach. Burn it off with a cigarette today.© IIICKH Publisher Challenge Software Tel 01302 890000 The game comes on two disks. One of them is a save game, although it really should be a 'please save me game' The game cons you into thinking that some of your input is actually worthwhile but after you've played for a mind numbing time (this could be anything from five minutes to two hours
- time and the desire for life loses all meaning during play) you
realise that the only strategy that exists lies in the swapping
around of either the bowlers or the batters. And that small
amount of excitement only lasts for a brief five or six
Price £999 Versions A500 600 1200 Release date Awaiting Publication System requirements 1Mb Release date Out Now Verdict If you see a sticker on the box saying 'Special Buy' don't believe it. It is the work of a con artist 5% Gosh. It's not often you come across a game that pulls back the bounds of expectations and redefines a new category of Amiga software.
First it was the computer game, then it was the videogame. Then, when the software houses decided they wanted to actively seek out potential adult buyers of their products, they coined the pretentious phrase 'interactive entertainment'.
Test Match Cricket goes one further than that. It's full blown 'non-interactive boredom'; from the graphics, to the method of 'noninteraction' to the gameplay, to the time taken to play the game; nothing is of interest. Quite literally nothing.
It's designed badly, it's unattractive, it lacks a feasible control interface. It's terrible.
Ohiiin jion Publisher Challenge Software Tel 01302 890000 Surely God, if he lived up to his reputation as being almightily compassionate, would protect his Amiga flock from the blasphemies represented by the very existence of this game.
It is anathema to the ten commandments of value for money. It follows the same poor programming route as Test Match Cricket and most certainly doesn't end up in Damascus.
If you like repetitively and almost aimlessly pressing buttons, go for it.
Otherwise put your money toward a more gratifying management game.
There's plenty of them around © Following in the concrete boots of Test Match Cricket is Treble Champions 2 Given that the 2 at the end of the title of this game strongly implies that there was an original, it makes you question the existence of such a thing as God Versions A500 600 1200 System requirements 1Mb Release date Out Now Verdict Win the treble for being the most boring, waste of time football manager in ever such a long time.
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It's terrible. It's tiresome. The acting is laughably mediocre - but hey, that's enough about Steve McGill... n ames with Full Motion Video (FMV) are still being flagged as the great white hope in some videogame publishing quarters.
G The ethos behind FMV’s unfounded implementation is that it is one of the best methods of attracting adult audiences toward the interactive videogame medium. Videogames, after all, are more associated with Toys 'R' Us, monopolistic practices, and spotty 14 year old kids.
Realistically speaking, FMV in a game represents tenuous thinking at best and a total waste of resources at worst. You could probably count the number of people on the fingers of one thumb who think that Rebel Assault has high entertainment value.
Yet, that's not to say that FMV games are necessarily a dead loss.
Take The Final Gate on the CD32 from Alternative Software. A threadbare plot suspended by disbelief above a chasm of raucous laughter holds the whole production together.
You are a rubber suited hard dude placed at the bow of a powerboat armed with a big gun. The powerboat embarks on a dangerous journey upriver. Your job is to shoot computer generated objects heading toward the craft. It's very reminiscent of the poor man's Space Harrier used in Microcosm. Which basically means that the core of the game quickly becomes tiresome.
But strangely, it doesn't quite make it into the realm of exceedingly boring. For there are real people lurking on the banks of the river intent on shooting you too. Returning the favour produces the best laughs of the game If you shoot the potential assassins - the baddies are framed in half a rectangle - a 'Good Shot' cutaway comes into play. Following on from that are the parts of the game which, if Alternative aren't careful, could easily give it a cult status. The shooters fall over in a mock death that can only be described as laughable.
Hopefully Alternative don't think we're being cruel in the criticism of the game. It's terrible, but not so terrible that it lacks charm. I've really warmed to it and made a point of showing it to as many people as possible. The death sequences are something special and the actors look as if they've graduated from the Ed Wood school of mediocrity. Hilarious.
On the downside is the fact that the game resets after just three lives, works inside too small a window to be comfortable for a Space Harrier derivative, and doesn't give the player the option of using a mouse.
With a bit more thought, it could have been real fun. As it stands, it's firmly resident in the also ran camp of CD32 FMV releases.
But somehow that still doesn't stop The Final Gate from being just a little bit lovable. 1) INTERAC Mr. Happy here appears if you make the hit.
Then you're treated to the best acting in the worid.
The best part of the game is shooting real people on the side of the riverbank. If you hit them then see boxes 2 and 3. If not look out for boxes 4 and 5.
VO ON 9 1" § If you miss, Mr Happy isn't so happy and he cuts away.
It's very hard not to die after a human hits you.
Steve McGill looks back to the good old days to see what's still on offer.
Re-releases strategic planning. Like placing your men in the most advantageous positions.
The action is planned in such a manner that you have to constantly be on top of play. If not, your men will die unnecessarily.
Priced at just £15, strategy fans and role play fans should consider it a must buy. 'Tj Space Hulk Hit Squad B 0161 832 6633 B £14.99 B 78% A combination of Alien Breed married to Dungeon Master with a few of its own ideas thrown in besides, Space Hulk certainly has a strange relationship with the Amiga.
When released on the 3DO last year many of the game critics praised it's beautifully rendered backdrops and creatures. Surprise surprise, the Amiga was used to create them using Real 3D.
Relevant trivia aside, the scenario involves a team of marines known as Terminators who have to wipe out an infestation of aliens known as Genestealers.
Manno a manno, the Terminators are no match for the Genestealers. That's why the crux of the game relies on careful methodical and PGA Tour Golf Hit SquadB 0161 832 6633 B £14.99 B 80% Proving that old classics never die, they just get released and then released again if they're good, The Hit Squad have tapped into a sure fire winner with the re-re-release of PGA Tour.
Awarded a Formal Gold in the heady days of issue 22, PGA offered a visit back to the old days of Leaderboard and concentrated on the playing techniques and fluid feel of the game rather than adding on flashy extras.
There are options to gently introduce gamers to the skill of the game. Options such as a quick practice on the driving range and playing a test round are open to the cautious gamer.
Unfettered by clutter, the PGA Tour plays well, and despite the dated appearance of the graphics, holds onto that timeless appeal which appeals to armchair golfers throughout the UK. 'h You can spend hours working it out for yourself or alternatively follow these step by step instructions for 3oe King and Binary Asylum's hints for Zeewolf 2.
Chris Osborne from Merseyside will be sent an unknown consignment of prizes for this terrifically handy Flight ol the Amazon Queen walkthrough.
FLIGHT OF THE AMAZON QUEEN First a few general points about the gameplay. You play Doe King - throughout - he's not the brightest of guys so he relies on people to tell him things. Basically it doesn't matter what YOU have worked out. If Doe hasn't sussed on he can't do it. So it is vitally important that you spend time examining everything, even if its purpose is obvious. Ask as many questions as the game allows. When you are reading something it may read differently the next time. Keep going till it repeats itself. It's the same with people and things.
Most of the puzzles are really simple provided you have followed the above instructions.
There are many sequences and things to do which don't affect the outcome of the game.
Start in bedroom: Look at chest, use curtain cord, look at posters etc, pick up wig. Pick up sheets and other sheets, use them to make a rope, tie it to radiator and descend through laundry chute.
Downstairs: Move stairs, get crowbar and false breasts Try to open door, it's locked Go back to bedroom (up rope).
Bedroom: Open chest with crowbar, get towel and descend rope.
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Talk to Chief. Enter Trader Bob's, give beef jerky to Bob and pick up the vacuum cleaner. Go to Orchid (watch cartoon), use vacuum to pick up wasps, pick Orchid and go to Jimmy.
Talk to Jimmy and then prepare to tune into next month's exciting serial of Amiga Format.
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Binary Asylum think that 292% is a good score. Let them know how paltry it really is. • Or the number of shots you fire compared to the number of hits. It's possible to get this over 100% on remote link levels. Binary Asylum's best score is 292% (Seb Grinke 14 12 95). Can you beat it?
FIRE CONTROL RATING REMOTE LINK VEHICLES
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Sure, there's a nice line in virtual rhetoric, with quotes suggesting "cyberspace embodies" and "reality is 80 million polygons a second", but it's all a bit conventional. The soundtrack is effectively dark metal industrial though, and, on the plus side, there are a couple of routines which stand-out.
This is one of the very first demos on the Amiga to showcase bumpmapped vectors, an effect which generates indentations in the surface of a vector-object - very smart. There is one other gorgeous effect that's definitely worth mentioning, a water-distortion featuring interference between Continued overleaf ' Malcolm Lavery was the clever chap responsible for Magic Paint Bor. A program we awarded PD Selection ol the Month to back in issue 79.
He certainly hasn't rested on his laurels.
Teeny Weenys has been around for quite a some time but it hadn't really caught our attention until now.
In ess .’nee it's similar to Lemmings, Lost Vikings, and another PD Selection of the month, A t 0 E 0 There are various objects dotted e the screen, and part of the i tof t does. The Teeny Weenys can c helpful obj.’cts in their extra din large pockets.
Written in Amos Pro, t c 0 £ *5 PM select What's lingering in the depths of the Public Domain? We pick out the best of this month's offerings and Steve McGill guides you through them.
RABIES By ....Rage Ware ......Freeware AGA+HD needed Available on the Internet via ftp from Aminet archives: eg. Ftp src.doc.ic.ac.uk, demo tp95 rabies 11-3 J.lha Yet more Party 5 releases, and this time a typically dark and sinister release from Swedish cyberpunks TEENY WEENYS By ....Malcolm Lavery ...Licenceware Library ....PI iicenceware No ol Disks - One Price
.£3.99 plus 5Op pSp specially composed for the demo so it fits in with all the effects. When the mushrooms explode, we get a nice cymbal clash. Cool, huh? Ok, so it's not going to rock your world and leave you gasping for oxygen because of its genius, but you may actually end up watching Dream With Me a lot more often than most demos.
Why? Because it's lightweight, artistic, and really quite funny.
DREAM WITH ME: The morphing wire frame animation style could easily be adapted in an advertising context and earn some money for the coders.
INSIDE INFO: Every boy, once they hit the age of about 11, knows how this works.
ripples, but it seems a bit out of place in the rest of the demo, which is much more in the cyberhorror style.
Now if this demo really did have 80 million polygons a second in it, I'd be impressed, but nevertheless, it's still pretty smart, and well worth getting hold of. Bonus marks for making it run on a normal A1200.
DREAM WITH ME DEMO By ..Scania Ware ......Freeware Available on the Internet via ftp from the Aminet archives: eg. Ftp src.doc.ic.ac.uk, demo tp95 scn-dwm.exe This is the kind of beaten track style demo it's always off the nice to see. Dream With Me is simply one long continuously moving 2- colour animation. So you think this pales in comparison with Silicon Graphics rendered true-colour anims?
Umm, it does. But you don't get many of those running on your Amiga, so you're stuck with stuff like this instead. It's actually excellent fun, with lots of weird metamorphoses, some exploding mushrooms a la 'Tintin in Tibet', lots of bouncing balls, and plenty of surreal Scandinavian japes.
Flying stickmen whose heads get blown off by lightning? Pacman pursuing jerky running men across the screen? We got em here, guv. The coder has put some shadowing on the anims, too, so it doesn't look too blocky, and the music has been INSIDE INFO By Michael Warren Leighton Ware .....Freeware PD Library Roberta Smith DTP No of Disks .....Five Price £2.60 plus 50p p&p Roberta Smith does it again with a collection of almightily charming and interesting technical animations.
Each animation covers the rudiments of the internal workings of different types of engines. It would be hard to point out which were our favourites, but leanings definitely point toward the two and four stroke engines. You can relate to them easily and follow what's happening in a manner that's far easier to absorb than standard technical diagrams.
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Hopefully, Roberta Smith will start producing CD-ROMs with this kind of content. Their use, both from an inquisitive and educational stance, is invaluable. What's more, I've learned how a Sterling engine works. I can't fiollt-fioycc fie.211 SIX STAGE GUIDE BaPflSS LOW-PRESSURE COMPRESSOR ~ URNES ¦ DUCT TURBINE iJL HIGH-PRESSURE EXHf I TURBINE C-f '1 ft I J BURNER I UUI1BU S11JN CHAMBER DR UE SHAFT ys ON ON r- s RTR ' STRF TER nr i COOLER INSIDE INFO No longer will servicing your DT125 seem like a chore. Just imagine it running as fluently as this animation and you'll have the job done in
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BORIS BALL By Ben Wyatt Ware .Licenceware PD Library .....FI Licenceware No of Disks .....One Price ..£3.99 A few years back, Breakout and Arkanoid clones epitomised the aspirations of the tactile gamer. So many were released offering vaguely similar features that they soon became passe.
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The best known to date is MegaBall. It played sufficiently well, but had enough bad points to be considered flawed. At least, that's what Ben Wyatt, the author of Boris Ball reckoned.
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I can't speak for them, but I can speak for myself. The power-ups are mostly useful, the non-useful ones are ghastly - but they do add to the fun. Recommended to all but the most cynical of cynics.
ROSWELL CRASH SLIDES By Oki Ware .....Freeware PD Library ..Online PD No of Disks ...Two Price .... 75 ) per disk plus 75p p&p The last time we looked at a Roswell slide show in issue 77 of Amiga Format my comments stirred up a bit of a storm in a flying saucer.
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BATTLE SHIP the finest PD version G936 LAST LAP - Fast car
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Lightwave It may be the best known 3D animation system, but is it still top of the heap? And has cross-platform development weakened the Amigas hold on this increasingly important niche market?
LIGHTWAVE 4 MAY 1996 Mick Veitch sets off on an arduous journey of discovery.
For a long lime it has been a high profile favourite of TV shows and films. Lightwave and the Amiga have been used for countless projects, including SeaQuest dsv. The Robocop TV series and of course Babylon 5. In fact, it is only Lightwave and the video Toaster that have kept the U.S. Amiga market alive.
But now, having been unbundled from the Toaster for nearly two years, Newtek have decided to transport Lightwave to new platforms such as the PC and Silicon graphics systems. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?
At any rate, version 4 of Lightwave for the Amiga has now been released - but is it the earth shattering event we've all been waiting for?
Is it indeed, still as impressive compared lo the increasing competition So far. The best use of a plug*in. The HUP system gives Lightwave access to a whole range of popular file formats.
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Iff v* '"l 111 The Inverse Kinematics system, new to this version of Ug ifwav*. Is an important tool for serious animators. It allows objects or bones to be linked together, and to on the* Amiga, never mind Ihe competition from other platforms?
CHANGES Hallelujah! Personally. I find Ihe most useful improvement, or al least the one which cures most of my frustration, is that lightwave now uses proper file requesters which have mnd- cons like a Volume list. My sanity thus saved, I can go on to find out what else is now.
There are. Broadly, two major improvements to the layout of Ijghtwaue. The first of these is the inverse kinematics system, which is covered in the turnout (See pt 9).
Briefly, this is a way of linking objects.
Particularly limbed objects, so that they will automatically rotate and move themselves towards a goal position.
Ibo second major addition is the plug in system. These are small routines of code which arc loaded into the main program lo perform a specific task, tor example, the most useful plug-in supplied with lightwave is probably the IIIIP support plug-in, which allows Lightwave to load and save in a variety of file formats (including Piet, JPEG. TIFF. YUV etc.). The loaders and savers are not built into Ughtwave, but the ability to use Ibis external rode is.
These plug-ins, as you will see, pop up all over the place and allow Ijghtwmr to be customised and perform a variety of tasks not previously possible. Bui first, let us consider the Layout window itself.
Disappointingly, there have been no changes to the available screen modes. You arc still stuck with the same old Hi-Res mode.
There- arc- still two higher resolution modes listed, but. As with earlier versions, these arc unreliable to the point of being unusable.
Usually the display itself is fine, but all the gadgets gel confused. Thankfully, the modeller works fine in these other modes ihough.
Newtek are relying on plug-ins to solve this headache for them. Quite reasonably, they seem to have taken the stance that the third LIGHTWAVE FOR BEGINNERS If you have never heard of Lightwave before (which seems unlikely) you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. Lightwave was originally an integral part of Newtek's Video Toaster, the desktop video system. The Toaster has been a phenomenal success in the U.S. over the years, but has never had much impact in Europe for the simple reason that it only works in PAL.
One part of the Toaster system was of interest to Europeans though - the ground breaking 30 rendering software which formed part of the Toaster bundle. In fact it was so popular that many people acquired the Toaster just so they could run LightwaveI And who could blame them. Lightwave has been used in Hollywood for years now. On such high profile shows as Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as SeaQuest dsv.
A little over a year ago. Newtek finally released version 3.5 of Lightwave, which did not require a Video Toaster - it had been “unbundled ". It was a great success, and encouraged Newtek to plan to expand the scope of Lightwave, by making it available for other platforms such as the PC and Silicon Graphics systems. Version 4 is the first version to benefit from this cross-platform development.
Automatically seek a target point. This allows limbed objects to move realistically, as you can see in the animation frames above There is space for four shader modules, which are really like little post-processing effects for the surface.
. Perhaps more importantly though, the The modeler is much the same apart from a little gadget hidden away, which allows access to the plug-ins.
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Party manufacturers responsible for all the different graphics cards should write their own software. At the moment, the only display plugin that exists is for the Cybergraphics card - and unfortunately, it has proved as useful as Newtek’s 1024x768 mode (ie. It doesn’t work).
SET THE SCENE A useful addition for those who use Lightwave more for animations than still frames is the provision of a "frames per second” setting in the Scene panel. If you create all your objects and attribute motions to them using realistic values, you can find yourself at a disadvantage.
Lightwave was previously set up to deliver a strict 25fps, which is fine for video work, but which is a bit fast for other anim applications, which can’t deliver full frame, full motion video. A realistic scene, shot in version 3.5, would have looked like a slow motion replay in these situations. With the new fps setting you can easily optimise your animation for any playback medium.
Some other improvements include the facility to hide the wireframes of selected objects in the main view. This was theoretically already in version 3.5, but had more bugs than a fisherman’s bait box. You now have the option to Hide all or Show All as well.
The Objects panel is not overflowing with new options. Apart from some slots for ubiquitous plug-ins (which will no doubt be utilised by kinematic systems and so on), there is only one major innovation, and that is Unseen by Rays. How many times have your nice reflective surfaces been ruined by catching a reflection of something? How many times have your tremendous props been ruined by some unfortunate lighting conditions? Worry no more. Unseen by fog is a similar scenario.
There are a few changes in the Image panel as well. If you are lucky enough to have a Flyer, you can now directly import Flyer clips.
And, more importantly, thanks to the HIIP plug-ins you can now load in a variety of INVERSE KINEMATICS Inverse Kinematics (IK) is probably the most important, and definitely the most powerful, new addition to Lightwave's arsenal of tools. It's long been considered the feature that has been missing from Lightwave 3.5 and the one that might transform the program into the complete 3D animation system. IK enables you to create character animations much more easily and realistically by restricting the movements of connected objects so that they move in a similar fashion to a human skeleton.
As IK is an animation tool it can therefore be found in the Layout screen. Lightwave's implementation of IK, like many of its features, is very intuitive and relatively simple when compared with other programs such as Imagine and Real 3D. The first thing you need to do. When creating an animation that will involve IK, is to set up the hierarchy of your objects
- making sure that they are parented in the right order. Then you
can attach a null point to the last object in the hierarchy and
add another as a Goal (or target) for it. Finally you set up
the IK options for each object and thereby determine their
range of motion. Once this has been done every time the Goal
object is moved the other objects will try to follow its
movements in accordance with their preset limitations.
Although this process sounds complicated it's actually relatively simple compared with Imagine's system. A useful feature of Lightwave's IK system is that it can be applied to bones so you can achieve all sorts of organic effects. IK really is an important feature and its application is not limited to simply animating characters - it can be used to create all kinds of animation effects such as imploding objects and oozing masses, as well as making objects track each other.
WAY 1996 LIGHTWAVE 4 CARRY ON SCREAMING Those of you with a few too many Amigas will be pleased to note that not only is Screamernet still included in Lightwave 4. It has also been greatly improved.
Screamernet is a distributed rendering system, which allows more than one machine to gang up on the task of rendering Lightwave scenes. One “server" holds all of the necessary objects and images, and issues commands to the other networked machines instructing them to render particular frames.
The remote machines use a streamlined render engine to create the final frames, and they can be of any time, so long as there is a version of the render engine available, and they can network to the server.
Any type of file network is okay, since the commands are sent via simple ASCII files, written to a specific networked directory. As a test we successfully managed to get Screamernet working on a serial network, although obviously this is not ideal.
A major advantage over the original screamer system is that it is now possible to set up a batch of scenes to be rendered - the original was limited to one scene file.
SILVER SURFACE The first, and indeed most useful addition to the Surface panel is the ability to preview your textures before you render. Unlike the PC version, which renders appropriately textured spheres in a little window, the Amiga version renders them onto a separate screen, with little captions underneath. The only thing that is really missing here is a “render all” option, for those moments when you have forgotten which surfaces you haven't defined properly yet.
The alpha shadow button is almost the reverse of the “unseen by rays” option in the Object menu. This allows objects to effectively cast shadows on background images.
The reflection mapping routines have also been improved, giving you a choice of various different file formats.
More flexible sequence control also allows you to give precise extensions for frames in a sequence, and the number of digits used for an index number.
Different methods - this makes for much more realistic effects, if you don't mind the slightly longer rendering times.
Speaking of which, the new Glow option is tremendously processor hungry. Making an object glow gives it a very nice penumbral haze which could find plenty of applications in just about any scene, from fireplaces to force fields.
It certainly saves an awful lot of fiddling about with semi-transparent luminous objects.
Bizarrely though, glow parameters can only be globally defined from the Effects menu , so you can't mix and match glowing objects. The amount of glow is specified in numbers of pixels, which is also rather upsetting because obviously this value will have a completely different effect depending on what resolution you render an object in.
There are a few new procedural textures scattered around, such as crust, and vein (which is similar-ish to marble), but nothing outstandingly great. Rather annoyingly, in my opinion, the Texture Velocity setting has changed to velocity per frame. Now this may be very useful for people working with odd sized frame rates, but some texture effects can be cunningly linked to objects to perform specific tasks in the “virtual” environment. It would at least be nice to have an option.
There is a slot for plug-ins which allows up to three different shader routines to be applied.
The only one we have at the moment (none are supplied) is the Blotch shader. Having layered shader effects means it is possible to create a variety of interesting effects.
MORE LIGHT Apart from a bit of a reshuffle, there aren't many changes to the Camera panel. You can now numerically enter an aspect ratio, but you could always choose custom frame sizes before, so that’s no real big deal.
At first glance the Lights panel seems to be much the same too, but there are some important differences, all related to lens flares.
Firstly there is now a setting for global flare LIGHTWAVE 4 MAY 1996 d' $ ' ‘ M* ' -v-tC" inverse kinematics may seem a little difficult to grasp, the execution of the idea is much simpler than the IK systems found in other software.
Lightwave is well-known for its prowess at rendering Mean and moody lighting effects are a Lightwave space scenes and animations. Trademark - for good reason.
Under the tools panel. Many of the plug-ins currently available are merely compiled versions of macros previously available as Arexx scripts, but they have the ability to perform more complicated tasks in a reasonable time frame.
Another minor but welcome change is to the static perspective view. This can now be manipulated via the mouse, as opposed to being always at the completely wrong angle or juddering backwards and forwards.
THIS IS THE END At the end of the day Lightivave 4 is a significant step forward. There are still some major features where it lags behind other systems but at least the facilities are there for improvement.
The plug-ins are a definite bonus but it does
- seem like Newtek are expecting others to do their job for them.
The Display mode fiasco is certainly a downer. I'm sure
lhere'11 soon be plenty of useful plug-ins for lhal but they
should have got it right in Ihe first place?
Sadly, although the plugins will make Lightwave a much better place to work, they will undoubtedly make it more expensive too... ® IMAGEVISION Lightwave's major advantage.
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VALUE •••• It isn't cheap, but it's all relative.
How much is Soft Image7 "There's scope for improvement, but it's still far and away the best" 94% DISTRIBUTOR Premier Vision 0171 7217050 PRICE £815 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS 8Mb RAM (much more recommended). Hard drive, WB2 or better.
SPEED •••• Still pretty fast considering. Plug-ins faster than Arexx. Glow is s-l-o-w.
MANUAL • • • • An improvement. In total over 800 pages of useful info.
ACCESSIBILITY ••••• Ease of use has always been WHO'S BETTER - WHO'S BEST?
The gratifying thing about all this cross-platform development is a rediscovered pride in the Amiga’s operating system. Many people may want the speed of the higher priced Pentium PC systems, which can certainty render scenes faster than the Amiga, but they are not quite so hot at creating them.
Ughtwave exists in two parts - the Layout and the Modeller program. Separating these functions makes creating animations a lot easier, and dramatically simplifies the user interface. As the Amiga multi-tasks, there is no problem, because you can run these programs side by side.
Unfortunately, there is a problem for PC owners. Even with Windows '95, running both programs simultaneously is not quite as easy. Although both programs run, the umbilical cord between them has been snapped - you cannot import and export objects from one to the other. If you want to make changes to a model while you are in the Layout program, you'll have to save it onto disk, navigate through Windows to the Modeller and then load It back in again. There are plenty of professionals who intend to continue modelling on the Amiga.
Intensity, which can be controlled by an envelope. Secondly, you can now customise your lens flares in many different ways, to stop them all turning out the same. The streaks can be adjusted in length, density and intensity.
SUPER MODELS It seems that the Modeller has been left behind slightly because there are far fewer changes to this engine. In fact, you would be hard pressed to spot any differences on first • , , , ] running the software.
The Modeller has been given the power of plug-ins, _ but they have been integrated less seemlessly. To add a plug-in, you have to run an Arexx macro for a start, which seems a little odd. And when you have added them, they are all operated from a button lister Over the course f most of its existence the Amiga has been respected for two main reasons, its multimedia and its graphics abilities.
The Amiga has always enjoyed the best software in these categories, and this, combined with the Amiga's custom hardware, has produced some phenomenal results.
It may seem odd then, that these two disciplines have never been combined. Very often most creative types have been put off of the Amiga's myriads of powerful multimedia programs, not because of any lack of features, but because of programmerlike environments. It would seem obvious that a more "artistic" approach to the working methods of multimedia programs would make them more accessible to more Amiga-owners.
ICON BASED Over the years things have improved a great deal with the arrival of programs such as CanI)o, Scala and especially Helm, However ImageVision is a new product that takes the evolution of multimedia authoring programs to another level. The simplistic interface of a paint package is combined w ith several multimedia tools.
The backbone of ImageVision is its icon system. ImageVision has several different types of icons that make up the foundation of any multimedia project you intend to create. These icons can be dragged-and-dropped onto the work area. I he system is so simple that pretty much anybody who can use a paint package and is familiar with file requesters should he able to a create a presentation within minutes.
Unlike programs like CnnDoand Sea hi that double as other kinds of tools, such as video tillers or application creators. ImageVision concentrates solely on producing multimedia presentations. This should be ideally suited to people who want to make interactive slideshows and business or educational presentations.
Thanks to this limiting of the program's uses it is surprisingly small, so small that it actually fits on a single DD floppy and that includes its runtime player. However, I was pleased to discover that the diminutive file size of the program was compensated for by the inclusion of a CD-ROM of example files and scripts.
As you can well imagine this is indeed the right kind of software to take advantage of the extra storage space afforded by CD-ROM technology.
The disc is packed with loads of useful stuff of a surprisingly high standard.
There are several good samples and animations that are reads to load into the program. There are also several useful icons, fonts and brushes that arc- ideal for creating buttons with.
I lowcver the real bonus is a tremendous collection of excellent background images.
These images are of an extremely high standard and cover a variety of textures that would be equally useful for video work. They're mostly hand- drawn and are a credit lo the artist - the liquid anti metal images are impersonal favourites, but there are plenty of other subjects to choose from.
JUMP AND SLIDE As mentioned before ImageVision works with icons. Each icon represents either a menu screen, where you can choose were to go next, or an event such as displaying an animation, picture or playing a sound. There are a variety of icons to choose from, which each perform a different function. The ones available are Jump - for jumping from one icon to another. Animation. MPEG Animation. Slide - for creating an automatic- slideshow of pictures. Sound, Return - for sending you back to the beginning of the script and the Subroutine - which will take you out of the current subroutine
back to the main script.
A typical session starts in the Script Window where sou simplv drag-and- IMAG5 W" ,v 4 saaarysia GjfiLa exited the Well those are the basic elements that make up ImagrVision and how the program functions. As you can tell.
ImagrVision's main selling point is not in its power, hut rather in its simplicity.
11 does not offer the same levels of power as CatiDo, or even the extra little features, like determining a button's shape In its brush, but it is infinitelv more simplistic.
U nfortunately this simplicity is not without its faults. For example, when drop your irons and then conned ihein to each oilier in the hierarchical order dial you need. This pai l of the process is pretty much like creating a flow chart and the only requirement is dial you have a fair idea of how your presentation needs lo be organised.
ADD THE BUTTONS Next, you simply need lo enter the specifics for eacli icon by double- clicking on it. The first item in the hierarchy is usually the best place to start and is often a menu screen, fade effect or a brief animation. If appropriate you will be given the choice of going to the GFX or Button editors.
Otherwise, for animations, slideshows and sample playing, you will simply be asked to select the necessary file.
IMAGEVISION The GFX editor enables you to add text, image brushes, backgrounds and even load ASCII files. However you are only given rudimentary control over these things and you have to rclv on external programs and just do your fine tuning in the GFX editor.
SYSTEM A1200 OR AA SPEED . • •• The geiNm operation of fnwgqWsfon if quit* speedy and tha wipes and animations playback smoothly.
MANUAL • • • Although thara la no printed manual, the online halp is thabest method for this type of program.
The Click editor is used to add the buttons to menu screens that will take you to the next icon (screen). These buttons can be round, rectangular or a user-definable polygon. Sounds can also be attached to a button so that when you click on it a sample will be played.
If you can uaa Workbench and package, you riiould have no t handling text, instead of loading large sections of text into a text object which could then he re-sized and moved, it's dumped onto the screen at the cursor position and then spreads itself over the rest of the screen willy-nilly.
Despite these small niggles and a surprisingly high price. ImagrVision is still an impressive package especially for beginners and arty tvpes who don't want the added burden of having to learn a scripting language. H There are a few features that could be added, but this program does the job it was designed VALUE For a program of such simplicity £100 la a tad steep.
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for CD32 owners finally deliver everything that the SX-1
should have done?
David Taylor finds out.
Complaining about the SX-l when it first came out was not easy, because CD*2 owners didn't have any options as far as upgrading was concerned. Most owners had bought their new machine with the knowledge that an Amiga at heart meant a real, affordable upgrade future.
Unfortunately, the SX-l had more flaws than a skyscraper. It didn't even seem to have been designed by anyone who had seen a CD*2. For one. It didn’t fit properly and the CD lid would often dislodge it and cause a crash. It was unstable, a nightmare to fit and. Let's face it. Very cumbersome.
So. My fust thoughts about a new version were whether all these obvious criticisms had been rectified. At first, I thought they had.
The biggest improvement is that the whole expansion is now an internal board. It slots inside at the back and then screws on. Leaving the new ports'at the back. This makes the machine incredibly compact and. In reality, the closest yet to a portable Amiga and one with a CD drive at that! This also means that, unlike the SX-l. You cannot connect an FMV cartridge at the same time. This is not a major problem because not many people have got the FMV cartridge and anyone who has tried to use it with the SX-l will know that it's incredibly unstable. But the idea of an expanded CD*2 being carried
around for multimedia presentations is vers slightly spoiled by the inability to include MPEG.
On closer examination, I found that the screw housing on the CD*2 dips The board has got space on it for a
2. 5" hard disk and a 72-pin memory SIMM. The SIMM can be up to
8Mb in size and there are three jumpers that you need to set
manually to determine whether you've added a l Mb, 2Mb, 4Mb or
8Mb SIMM. The hard disk is screwed onto the board and is very
easy to connect. With some excitement I added my drive and the
memory and then went to slot the SX-32 into place.
To fit the SX-32, ail you need to do is manoeuvre it over the steel lip at the back and then line up the connectors and slot it home. This is easy when it's a bare board, but as soon as the hard disk was on. It wouldn't fit.
Down at the back and that there was no way my SX-32 with drive was going in there. The problem was not so much with the SX-32. It was the fact that the drive was too fat. I did solve the problem by unscrewing the CD*2, taking it apart and fitting the drive to the board internally, but I doubt many CD*2 owners will be too keen on that.
So. If you are going to fit a hard disk, make sure that it's a thin one!
With it fitted and screwed in. It's just a case of seeing what else it offers you. Well, an abundance of new ports for one. The first thing you have to add is a floppy drive and given the compact nature of the machine. I think I'd recommend the new Four Square drive from Brian Fowler. It is the smallest drive I've seen anti offers High Density support so that you can use l.76Mb HD disks anti PC and Mac disks too.
One port that was on the SX-l. But isn't on here, is for a keyboard. Where the SX-l allowed you to plug a standard external keyboard directly into it. The SX-32 has nothing, meaning that you need an adapter to plug one into the expansion slot that is on the CD*2 itself.
The one supplied to us was an old 1000 keyboard, which is fine, but lacks the Help key. Oh well.
When it comes to booting the machine, the priorities arc exactly the same as on a standard Amiga. That's to say the floppy drive takes precedence.
P3 SX-32 FEATURES MAY 1996 SERIOUSLY AMIGA If you have a disk in the floppy drive, the machine will boot from that.
Next up is the (ill drive, which it will boot if there's no floppy present and then lastly the hard drive, should it find no disk or disc.
In practical terms this means you can still boot CD®2 discs straight away without being aware of the SX-32 when using it for that, or you can go directly to Workbench on your hard disk. As it has to check all three devices, it does take slightly longer to boot than a standard A1200, but it’s nothing to worry about.
Testing out the new machine with programs like Sysln o show that it considers it over twice as fast as the siandard A1200 - don't forget that's with 4Mb fast RAM. The hard disk transfer is also fast - Evetech claim 1,5Mb sec with a fast drive.
SX-32 For CD*2 owners itching to expand then this is the answer, but there's more to consider than existing owners. The SX-32 offers all ihese extras in a compact unit that doesn't make the CD®2 any more bulky.
In comparison to an A1200, it doesn't have the ability' to upgrade the processor - you will always be stuck with the 020 (not that it s that slow); similarly you can add one hard disk and that's it - there's no way to link up SCSI devices for instance, but on the Hip side you can add a memory SIMM directly, something which you can't do on the A1200.
OK, it's looking pretty good for multimedia and all that jazz, but people who had been wanting to upgrade dieir old Amiga to an A1200 and then balked at the rather steep price, should be leaping for joy.
With CD*2s being sold new for under £150 in some places and this unit going for under £200, you can have the equivalent of an A1200 with a built in CD drive that's automatically available on Workbench, for less than the cost of the A1200 pack.
Of course, you won't get the software pack, but Evetech are promising that a Workbench 3 CD Distributor Eyetech 01642 713185 Price SX-32 £199.95 Keyboard £34.95 System requirements CD32 Speed • • • • Offers overall speed advantages and works best with a fast hard drive.
Manual • You don't really need one, but the one I got was about fitting a hard drive into an A1200. Bizarre.
Accessibility •••• It's as easy to fit as it could be with the constraints-of the CDJ2's design.
That doesn't mean it's hassle free.
Floppy port for up to four floppy drives daisy chained together.
Standard serial port for modems - which is much better than the PC type serial port included on the SX-1.
VGA monitor socket as well as an Amiga standard RGB video socket giving the CD1-' the ability to output to anything: SVGA. Rf. SVHS, composite and RGB!
Together with PD and Shareware programs will be shipped with the SX-
32. There is a floppy hard drive installation disk that will
partition and format the hard disk and copy Workbench from
With the right marketing, publicity and coverage, the SX-32 could mark a turning point in the CD®2's, and even in the Amiga's, history.
What other platform can offer the power and expandability of a full computer with a built-in CD drive for under £350? None. O Features • • • • More than the SX-1 In most areas, less In a couple. Better than an A1200 in one respect not in another.
What can I say?
Value • • • • • £200 seemed a lot at first but then coupled with the price of the CD32, it's the cheapest Amiga ever.
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Sound FX Sensation is an onginal new CD that contains hundreds of megabytes of high quality samples. A superb CD for game makers, demo makers, or even film makers. Hundreds of Sound FX subjects include Animals. Wild life, Nature.
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"Although somewhat It’s been a see-saw battle with each program gaining and losing ground with new releases and features. Effectively these two products have managed to split the market straight down Ihe middle. Separating those who prefer the power and flexibility of Final Writer from those who enjoy the intuitive interface and other innovative features of Wordworth. Final Writer is generally preferred by American Amiga-users, who are considered to be more serious- minded, and Wonlworth has gained the most ground in the UK market.
Forget Bruno and Tyson, Liverpool and Everton, Rocky and Apollo Creed, Coca Cola and Pepsi or even Captain Kirk and any Klingon unfortunate enough to cross his path - these rivalries are nothing compared with the bitter battle between Softwood’s Final Writer and Wordworth from Digita.
For years these two products have been trading blows in their attempt to win the coveted accolade of "The Amiga's No 1 Word Processor".
In the most recent round of this bout, Wordworth has made a grab for Final Writer's power-loving users by adding more powerful features to its arsenal. However the two versions on review are not intended to be feature- laden word processing behemoths, rather they are cut-down versions of their bigger brothers.
POWER HUNGRY The full versions of both these products have become extremely resource- hungry and you really need a hard disk and a fair amount of memory to get the best out of them. Both Final Writer Lite and Wordworth SE (Special Edition) will run on a standard A1200 - although their performances would obviously be enhanced with the addition of some extra RAM and a hard disk. As well as running better on low spec machines an added advantage of these new versions is that people who don't need the power features of the programs don’t have to pay for them.
MANUAL LABOUR Perhaps the most obvious difference in the two programs is their manuals. Final Writer has an amended version of its full manual, while Wordworth has a cut- down and almost entirely different manual. It seems that SoftWood have made a good marketing de - er, I mean given FW Lite-users the opportunity to view the features of the full version in case they should decide to upgrade.
The WWSSE manual is quite disappointing when compared with the full version - it doesn't really go into enough detail, especially as it is most likely to be beginners buying this version of the program. Nonetheless, both manuals are pretty good and Hws is augmented by an on-line help system.
The interfaces of both programs are essentially the same as before, so 1 won't bore you by going into too much detail - have a look at the main images and their annotations for an explanation of how the programs operate. However. I will say this.
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3D GFX ¦ PEE JAY ¦ 0181 9853850 ¦ £21.99 In a way this CD is a follow up to the well-received 3D Arena published last year by Almathera. The organisation is pretty much identical and the contents are very similar. As with 3D Arena the main contents of the disc are aimed at users of 3D graphics programs and you’ll find plenty of objects, images, textures and even some demo versions of full programs.
The objects are saved in the following formats; Imagine, Real 3D, Lightwave and POV. As is often the case in any large collection, the quality of the objects varies a great deal. There is also considerable variation in the detail. There are more Real .3 Miles than you might expect and the animations, which arc provided in each format's director)', are among the best "There's nothing ground-breaking in this collection, but it is still great" 92% The disc also contains several files and utilities that will be of interest to graphics-minded individuals, not to mention the demo images that show
what programs like Cinema ID and TrueSpacecan do. Overall, this is another good solid collection of files, objects and utilities. ® WORKBENCH ADD-ON ¦ PD SOFT ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £24.99 Workbench may be a great operating system, but it could still do with some modifications and improvements. This CD is designed to help people get more out of Workbench and their Amiga in general.
The disc is packed with loads of programs and files that should be of interest to most serious Amiga-users. There are music programs, modules, developer's tools, graphics utilities, fonts, emulators and more. All of the files and programs are uncompressed and can therefore be executed or made use of straight from the CD. An AmigaGuide file can be used to find out what's on the disc and it also provides information about the installation programs.
The contents are evenly balanced with something for everyone and as a bonus the CD contains all the files you need to run "This is yet another good general purpose CD from Germany" 87% Ml and the Xewirons. 'Hf SERIOUSLY AMIGA SUPERAUTOS ¦ PD SOFT ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £4.99 I'm nol a big car fan like my youngest sister, but I can certainly appreciate a beautiful piece of engineering when I see it. This CD-ROM contains nothing but the best examples of the application of technology in the automobile industry. It's simply a disc full of pictures of cars taken at auto shows.
This may sound like a rather uninspiring theme for a CD-ROM, but after looking at the images most car enthusiasts, and a few others beside, will agree that this collection of shiny and sleek cars is definitely worth the measly £5 that it costs. There are 114 images in all of just under 50 cars and these are saved in IFF. GIF, TIFF and PICT formats. 1 "If you like cars, you'll love this" 90% WORLD ATLAS ¦ WISEDOME ¦ 0171 7029823 £29.99 The World is a big place, maybe not when compared with the rest of the Universe, but when compared with your house, city and even you it's enormous. Thai's why
its nice to have a guide to our wonderful planet and its nations and continents. Rather than relying on musty old adases that still have huge portions of its maps covered in pink, must people nowadays prefer the interactivity of a computer atlas.
World Allas is just such a beast and is one of the first to exploit the A1200.
A4000 and CD '-'s capabilities. The program was created with Optonica's excellent Mmexperitnce authoring system and the maps that are used are generated from Mountain High Maps information obtained from satellites.
Unfortunately, despite the generally polished appearance of World Allas, the interface is quite primitive and navigation can be a little tedious. For example while you are provided with a list of all the countries you cannot select the one you are interested in by simply clicking on it with your mouse pointer.
Instead you can only select the entry that is in the centre of the screen. The data for each country is a little sparse loo and is delivered without the benefits of good formatting techniques such as sub-headings.
Right that’s the whingeing out of the way. Now let's gel onto the good part of this package. Not only docs World Atlas provide you with geographical information, it also contains information about a country's population such as brief notes on its economy, history and culture.
.Although I personally prefer the no-nonsense HTML interface of World Info, World Allas will probably appeal to more people and it has much better map functions.
Whether you are looking for an Atlas for educational or recreational purposes, you can't do much Ix-tter than opt for this well- presented program. *3?
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Titles but PC tides as well. .As a hard drive will undoubtedly figure in the equation could I also be so bold as to ask your advice on which would best suit my needs, a 2.5 or a 3.5 system?
AMIGA & PC CD-ROMS Before I initiate my enquiries. I would like to apologise for any naivety contained within this letter, having only recently discovered your marvellous publication.
At present my system includes an A600 Amiga with an Atnitek lMb RAM trapdoor expansion and Workbench 2.05. What additional equipment would I have to add to my present system to utilise the vast array of CD-ROM titles on the market? Please note that I am not only referring to Amiga David Drummond Glasgow Actually muling the data stored on CD-ROMs requires, you guessed it, a CD-ROM drive. There are various ways to connect a drive, hut first of all you will need a suitable interface, ’ 'line are sei'eral on the market, and these include Ihe Squirrel SCSI interface MONITOR MADNESS I own an A600
and I wish to connect it to a colour monitor. According to the Amiga handbook I need a 23-pin to 15-pin adaptor but I have tried without success to obtain one.
Could you please send me details of how I can obtain the necessary adaptor and also if the monitors listed below are compatible with the A600. The monitor types are
1. Olivetti DSP2814 C
2. Goldstar CV440M Graham Glutton Chvyd You will need a 23-pin to
15-pin adaptor only if you wish to use a PC-style VGA or SVGA
monitor. As an A600 is not compatible with these types of
monitor, it is therefore unlikely you will need one.
If you are buying a monitor for your A600 you must make sure it is compatible with normal 15kHr video signals. If the monitor you want to buy can display video from a camcorder for example, given suitable leads of course, then it will be suitable for your A600.
PC style monitors which operate at 31.SkHz will not work. Some PC monitors are 'multisync', but few will sync down as low as IskHr. As for suitable leads, normally 15kHz monitors have a composite video connection or an RGB connection. In either case, any Amiga dealer will be able to source the leads for you without a problem.
Before buying a monitor make sure it is compatible.
Which attaches to the card slot (the PCMCIA interface on the side of the machine) and the Dalafher SCSI+ which fits internally. Ilotli interfaces will present a standard SCSI port which is compatible with any SCSI externally housed CD-ROM drive. These will let you read Amiga and PC format disks.
However, you cannot execute I'd programs - don 'I ex iect to be able to run PC games simply because you can read the disks. You would need an emulator lo enable you lo run PC software, and an A600 lacks the necessary speed and memory in order lo do this sensibly.
You don V need a hard drive to use a CD-ROM, but it is an extremely useful addition in any event.
Amiga A61IDs and A1200s were designed to use 2. 5 inch drives, and although it is mssible lo fit a 5.5 mechanism into an AI200, it’s quite tricky to use it with an A6IX). I would recommend you use a 2.5 inch device on this Amiga.
UP THE SPOUT I have two problems that everyone I have asked cannot solve. Even the shop I bought the computer from.
I have an Amiga A1200 with Kirkstart
39. 106 and Workbench 3.0. 2Mb chip RAM with no extra memory, 1
extra drive as DFI and no hard drive.
1) I think my printer is up the spout. I can print out anything I
want as long as it is in printer fonts only. II I use Amiga
fonts or graphics it goes hallway down the page and then
prints a line. It then leaves about six lines and prints the
1 have gone through the prefs in all my programs and in Workbench and set everything to minimum and I've also read the manual inside out hut with no result. Have you any idea what the problem is?
2) My Dad has a 486 DX2 88MHz PC (spit- spit). Could I network my
Dad's PC to mv Amiga 1200 and use his memory and hard drive if
I used a suitable program like PC Task: My Dad doesn't have a
printer but I don't have any word processing programs that
have any 'power'. If I want to write something out and print
it I have to put it onto a 720K disk and transfer it through
Cross-Dos and then print files. Most of the time it doesn't
work and it's very tedious.
Carl Matthews Bolton
I. Your Amiga is probably running out of memory.
There are two ways around this problem: fit mote RAM with a trapdoor expansion card or make the PARENT QtSDO None Pattern | Drives Work Yordvorth3'Documents "d!rT 491 1995 CDISK BAK 5858 CDISX RTF 5900 Cds4Fornat 8872 Cds4For*at BAK 8870 Cds4For»at info 484 CD-Wnte 5588 CD-Write BAK 5434 CD-Wnte info 484 Connodor.rtf 25488 Connodor.rtf BAK 25354 CoMiodor.rtf info 484 Conwodor ASC 23082 Connodor ASC info 484 Comnodor rtf 24813 Comnodor rtf info 484 Cvision rtf 5210 Cvision rtf BAK 8906 Cvision rtf info 484 CYBERV RTF 9184 DATAB RTF 4724 DpaintS 5490 DpaintS BAK 5386 Dpamt5 info 484 filesys rtf
6738 filesys rtf BAK 6738 filesys rtf info 484 linkit rtf 1233 lmkit txt tit None Pattern Drives Link-lt Is just one solution that will enable you to copy files between the PC and the Amiga with ease.
Most of what you have. Try running in a Lo-Res NTSC 2-colour Workbench and only loading and printing one page at a time. !j that doesti V ivork then you definitely need more RAM.
A program called Twin Express and then buy a NVU- MODEM lead.
Run the software on both the Amiga and the PC and you can cofry files very easily indeed. In fact it is ei'en easier than running terminal emulation software on each machine and using V.modem. which is something else I would have suggested.
2. You can 7 netmrrk to the extent of sharing memory, but you can
make it easier to send files backwards and forwards. Ask your
favourite public domain library for CHEAPER CDS I own an A1200
with an internal 120Mb hard drive and one external disk drive.
I I am thinking til Inning a CD-R M drive and was wondering il I could bus a i heapet PC drive and then buy the ncecssarv cables to fit il to my A1200. I have seen a double speed 11)1 drive lor under ttiO II this could Ik- done, whs are companies charging prices Ovet t ISO il dies ran use the i hea|M-t versions?
2. Where could I get the required cables anil how much would dies
Ik ? Where could I gel the software lo run the drive and how
much will it cost?
3. Would it Ik- cheapet and or better to bus a PC' drise?
Jonathan Licence Fsses The price of IS CD-ROM drives is dramatically lower than the Amiga ei nivalrnls. But that is usually because the IS.' Dnves rise the IDF standard whilst the Amiga drives use SCSI. The Amiga kit therefore includes the price of a SCSI iiilei nre. The good news is that it is nine seemingly possible lo connect IDF. CD- ROM dines lo AMIGAs and make direct use of their internal IDF inlerfaees.
)ou need s mini tt river sop ware railed "ATAPI" and you can pud mine details on I he Aim net, wheir then is a demo version It's a commercial product, and you should contact HlilleiSoft i til 'SIS 2trHtr*r) pn details on the so lunar and leads that you need.
MOVING ABOUT I have successfully installed Workbench 3.0 on my new 170 Mb hard disk (hopefully) on my A1200. Which also has 2Mb of chip RAM and an external 3.5 drive DFI.
Haring followed the instructions on the set-up disk the hard drive is partitioned into Workbench and Work. Installing Page.seller 3 was no difficulty as I used the program's installation. However, when I came to open Power Scanner - being apparently transferred to Work - when I clicked on the icon I got the message: ‘Cannot open your tool Power Scanner'.
In order to test this 1 opened a new drawer named Power Scan and dragged the icon into the new drawer on the hard disk. I found that then it worked perfectly.
With other programs that have their own
III) installation I get similar messages. Please tell me what is
wrong with the software on the hard disk. Are there files
missing on the software?
Bob James Devon ibis illustrates perfectly a problem with the official Amiga Installer software. Unless the Installer script is designed with a little thought, it can lead to problems. The problem occurs when you run the Install routine and the program will ask where you want the software to go.
Xnrmally you are offered a list of available devices which you can browse through until you find where you want the software lo go. However, there is often a degree of confusion at this point: is the Install script going to create the drawer for you, or do you have to create it yourself’ For example, if you are installing the latest utility called "SuperPlop", is the Install script going to create a drawer called "SuperPlop" and put all the software in it automatically f Or do you need to create a drawer called "SuperPlop" yourself? I guess it is this ambiguity which has caused your software
to be mis-inslaUed.
Sometimes the instructions stale clearly that a drawer will be created, sometimes they don "I. One thing you ran do is use the optioii to "pretend" to
2. It’s a memory problem. Your A1200 doesn V have a lot of free
memory after Workbench and Final Writer air loaded, so make
sure you arm t wasting any.
Keep the number of colours on-screen to a minimum and don'( use too many graphics or large fonts.
3. Free RAM is memory which isn V currently in use.
You can check the amount because it will appear at the lop of the screen in the Workbench display.
¦I. The Compugraphic fonts were included with Workbench 2.04 and up-you already have them on your Fonts disk. See this month i Final Writer tutorial on page 100 for more info.
IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... Installer is a neat program, but differences in the way some companies code their scripts can cause problems.
Know why I cannot get a printout from my printer? I would like to upgrade to the full version to lake advantage of the half price offer, but 1 do not know if it would run on my system as the information states that 2Mb of free RAM is needed.
Install (selfil any selling other than novice at the startI anil watch closely to see where the software is going. Otherwise be careful and keep in mind that there may not be a suitable drawer created automatically try the Installer.
VERSION NUMBERS As a recent convert to the Amiga I am having some difficult)' coming to terms with the Amiga operating system. I have an A1200 with 2MI of RAM, no second drive, no hard drive, Wordworth and Deluxe Faint. My printer is a Panasonic KX- P 2135 24-pin colour.
1. Which version of Kickstart have I got?
From the menu I get Kickslart version 39.106 and Workbench version 39.29. I know 1 have Workbench 3 because it says so on the from of the manual, but what do the figures indicate?
2. Haring the Coverdisk from the March issue of your tnag. Final
Writer 4 Idle. I would like to
3. What exactly is free RAM?
4. Finally, in your Masterclass you state that Final Writer
cannot use Bitmap loncs but will use Compugraphic fonts from
Workbench, such as C.G Times and CG Triumvirate. Where do I
K. Royle Oldham
I. You have version 39.106 of Kickstart. Often the version of
Kickstart is referred to as that of Workbench, so you have
version 3. There is an upgrade to Kickstart 3.1 available, and
this will increase the numbers (the Workbench will go up to
40. xx for example).
Final Writer Lite At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible Unlike some magaaines. We don't just concentrate on our areas of expertise - we take on all your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
Here are a few tips on sending in questions:
• Be concise.
• Detail the actual problem as best as you can.
• Describe the events that caused the problem
• Give full details of your equipment
• Make sure your question is relevant and wouldn't be more easily
solved by contacting the dealer from whom you bought the goods
Bear these points in mind and fill in. Photocopy, or copy the
form below as best you can.
Send your letters to Workbench. Amiga Format.
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Mail it with "Let's Mime the Hard Bits" - Frank Zappa Want to send more than just plain ASCII text files on the Internet. Darren Irvine tells you how to use Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions.
Why have I introduced this months' Amiga.net with a partial quote from a renowned dead genius and abhorrer of brown shoes? Well, basically it's the only quote 1 could think of at short notice with die word "mime" in it - and that's what this months' article is partially about - MIME.
The primary use of email is the exchange of text in a person to person fashion similar to standard snail mail. But just as you might sometimes pop a photograph or maybe an audio cassette into an envelope with a letter, so email can be extended to cope with forms of data more advanced than ASCII text.
The biggest problem with doing this is that the whole Internet email exchange system was only ever designed to handle 7-bit data.
Although this was perfectly adequate for ASCII MetaTool Copynght © 1995, E F Pritchard n| m |t&| text files, almost all other file formats like graphics, sound and executable programs contain 8-bit data. This is because the Internet only really got going in the early '70s and there wasn't much in the way of interesting graphics files to send then anyway. So. The first step in sending such a file is to "encode" the data in such a way that it can be entirely represented using 7-bit characters.
Perhaps the simplest and most widely used system for encoding data is a set of programs called UUENCODE and UUDECODE, versions of which are available for just about every computer platform currently in use. And of course the Amiga is no exception - see the boxout for details.
Although UVEXCODE UUDECODE is a fairly straightforward and easy to use system, it does for the most part require command line operation, and never feels terribly user friendly.
A much more flexible system which is also more intuitive to use is called MIME or Multi-purpose Internet Mail Extensions.
MIME is an opcn-svstems standard for the exchange of text and 11011-text email. A message encoded using MIME consists of a series of data objects known as "partials". Each of these "partials" contains a data header which identifies the type of data encoded. The actual data itself, known as the "body" of the partial Rpntv 11 n | MailBox - darren Compose Mail Roses p | Compose - (1 69 Messages (343 7 KB) 49 Oct 11 Anna Gre 50 Oct 14 Espen Ski mS! Oct 13 HotFlash 52 Oct 13 Paola Kao 53 Oct 17 Anna Gre
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RUMOUR MILL Last minute changes have turned into quite a major
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A number of other companies are also working on Internet connectivity bundles, the most interesting of which seems to be from Hisoft.
A bundle consisting of a Surf Squirrel and the Browse software, which Hisoft have recently acquired a license for. Is one option, and the Rumour Mill has it on good authority that they will be offering a trial link-up with an Internet service provider as part of the package. A service provider that has heard of the Amiga? Now that is a little difficult to believe.
On the scandal front there have been plenty of interesting allegations as to the former piratical habits of a now slightly better known Amiga 'establishment" figure.
Cor. The things you read on Fidonet.
Can cither be encoded directly af ter the header, or "attached" to the original message. In this case it's referred to as an "external part".
On the Amiga, the only really useful implementation of MIME is the mail program Metatool. This program is an extension of a previous version of Metatool, which only handled the sending of MIME messages, and Metamail which only handled the display of incoming messages. If you are currently using a mailer such as Demon Internet's Mail or the latest version of Elm then you can add MIME functionality by using the older Metamail program to display incoming MIME messages.
Neither of these mailers can handle the composition of MIME messages however - if you insist on using Elm or Demon Mail, then you’ll need to get hold of the older versions of Metatool anti Metamail. All of these systems are available from any of the usual Aminet mirrors.
Metatool functions in a similar way to most implementations of MIME on other platforms.
The crux of the way in which incoming MIME messages arc handled is a file called "Mailcap" which is basically a look up table containing a list of all the possible MIME partial types that your system has been set up to handle. Against each partial type is the command needed to actually display or interpret the data. For instance, the line in "Mailcap" which handles GIF data would probably look like this: image gif; MultiView %s; label= "A GIF Image" This line instructs MetaToolto invoke the standard display program Multiview when a GIF image is encountered. Although die standard types included
cover the more usual data types such as GIF and JPEG for images, and IFFs and SVXs for audio files, it is possible to define your own data types and have them invoke whatever programs you like.
BASIC ENCODING If you don't fancy getting to grips with MIME, or if you're mailer can't handle it - you can still send files other than plain ASCII text via email by using a system called UUENCODE UUDECODE.
There are a number of implementations of this system, and you should quite easily be able to find one on an Amiga specific BBS or from any of the Aminet mirrors on the Internet itself.
UUENCODE UUDECODE has it's roots in the Unix operating system, and the syntax used by most of the implementations reflects this. Suppose you have a graphics file that you want to UUENCODE called "picture.gif", then the general format of the command to encode this would be: UUENCODE PICTURE.UUE PICTURE.GIF PICTURE.GIF. The first part of this tells UUENCODE to direct Us output to the file "PICTURE.UUE". This ‘.UUE* extension is only a pseudo-standard and you can ignore it if you want to. The parameter "PICTURE.GIF" is included twice - first to actually specify the name of the file to be
encoded and secondly to specify what the file will be called once it is decoded again. You can specify a different unencoded name if you want.
To actually send this picture, simply include it in the body of an email message as if it was part of the text message itself - UUENCODED files are of course plain 7-bit text files and any text editor should be able to import them. Next simply send the email message as normal. When it gets to it's recipient (or if someone has sent you a UUENCODEd file), the format of the decode command would be: UUDECODE filename This will take the 7-bit information encoded as text in the email message and reconstruct the original file in the correct format.
The file which handles the types of outgoing MIME partials that you can send is called "meta.types" and again is a look up table. This time it works in reverse, and when you attempt to add a certain file to a message in MetaTool. This file is used to identify the type of data contained in it. Thus the line: image jpeg jfif jpg jpeg j lells MetaTool that files ending in any of the extensions "jfif", "jpg”, "jpeg" or "j" are to be encoded asJPEG partials. Adding a new datatype is as simple as editing this file and adding a new line, and 1 have added MIME partial types for Amigaduide,
FinalWriterand Music-X 2.0. Remember however that the person to whom you are sending die message must have equivalents of any new data types that you add in their "mailcap" file, or their MIME system won't know how to interpret the message.
Actually using MetaTool to send a MIME message couldn't be simpler, as it operates on a drag and drop principle. You still have to use the key board to enter mundane data like who the message is for. But then you simply drag the partials onto the MetaTool window. The meta.types file is used lo identify ihe types of data being added, but you can override the automatically identified data type. Alternatively, you can use a standard file requestor to select which files that you wish to include in your MIMF. Encoded message.
So, if you've only been using email to send boring old text messages you know you’ve been missing out.
If you want to contact me about MIME or any other aspect of Amiga comms. I can be reached 011 both the Internet and FidoNet at: darren®plasina.thegap.com or: lido 2:443 13.18 2 JARGON HEADER - The information at the start of a mail message relating to the sender, recipient and subject matter - the 'From:", "To:", and "Subject:" fields. Also the line of a MIME message describing the contents of a given part.
BODY - The part of a message after the header. In MIME the body refers to the actual data in a given part after it's own header.
PARTIAL - A piece of a MIME message containing a particular data type.
MU A - Mail User Agent. This is just a TLA to describe the actual mail program that you are running on your machine.
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A Although we have obviously been running tutorial features since KEXCd the very first issue. I thought it was time to legitimise these as part of a section in their own right. Hopefully you will find something new and exciting every month, and we will also be showcasing your work in future issues. So why not give Sensi a rest for a few hours and do something new, something interesting - something creative... The Amiga is an excellent tool for home video - but what other equipment do you need?
Our own Steve McGill mvE has the answers.
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Want to get into DTV but don't think you're budget can hold up to it.
Here's Steve Mgill with some prudent advice.
The second consideration has to be why you want to get into Desktop Video in the first place. What do you intend doing; making money, showing off to your friends, entering the lucrative market for training videos? Know your reasons. It gives you more of a focus.
Whatever the reason, you must have a firm idea of what you intend to achieve. No matter what equipment you own, all it can do is enhance and simplify- the ideas you already have.
Experimenting with equipment can spawn new ideas and help in the creative process. But there's no point in investing in a £1000 genlock when all you're going to be doing is overlaying titles on your favourite Chart Show compilation tape.
BUILDING BLOCKS The third consideration regards an appraisal of your abilities and highlighting your strengths, weaknesses and preferences. We’ve put together some boxes regarding some basic set ups. It's worth taking a look and deciding where your particular area of interest lies and building from there using that particular angle.
The real strength of Amiga DTV lies in the flexibility and integration of hardware with software. For example, say you decided that you wanted to put together a basic assembly editing set up.
After a few months you might decide that the addition of a genlock could help in the presentation of your edited videos. It would only be a matter of adding a genlock to the present system to gain access to professional looking tides and special FX.
The openness of the DTV ethic means that as and when they can be A sampling package with a time line is perfect for synchronising sound FX with video visuals.
(This software was included in AF issue 73 and ifs still available from Back Issues • see page 98) II I-Alt BASIC ASSEMBLY EDITING SET UP 00 09033 (Hi (10(10(1
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equipment needed to fulfil this set up is; a camcorder or
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pin), a video recorder with an edit terminal or Infra Red
remote control. An Edit controller such as the Hama A-Cut or
KRP Edit Plug. Any Amiga (preferably one with Workbench 2 or
above and at least 1Mb of memory).
A system such as this provides the basics needed to teach yourself the language and vocabulary of video editing.
Haaai'v mm As well as being able to cut and paste various sounds from other sources they can be merged and have special FX added to them.
InjLLS-L’UUUU BASIC SOUND FX SET UP While the four channel, eight bit Paula sound chip may seem a bit old in the tooth these days, the Amiga can still be very useful for adding sound FX and short musical rifts. The minimal equipment needed for this is a sound sampler and software, a 1Mb Amiga and a music player such as ProTTacker or OclaMed.
There are literally scores of copyright free musical scores in the Public Domain. With a sampler and reasonable sampling software the potential exists to synchronise sound and visuals, easily and cheaply.
There are three primary considerations to be taken into account when considering an Amiga based Desktop Video setup. The overriding consideration is that of budget. For budget, more than any other factor, will ultimately decide what you can and cannot do with the equipment to hand.
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In a later edition of DTV, we'll show you how to use a genlock and a sound sampler to synchronise sound FX such as footsteps and hanging doors to a video sequence. It's an easy enough trick to execute and it produces surprisingly effective results.
Anyone whose ever used their Amiga in any manner connected to video quickly realises just how flexible and cost effective a well balanced set up can be.
SMALL BEGINNINGS I first started out with a genlock (RogcGen Plus), Deluxe Pain! IV, a Rombo Vidi-Amiga digitiser with RGB splitter, a 1Mb A500, a Tandy Realistic four channel sound mixer, a second hand rebadged Ferguson stereo video deck and a Sanyo infra red remote control Hi-8 camcorder.
BASIC TITLING SET UP The minimum equipment needed to start putting all those whizzy graphics and titles you've been creating to use is; a video recorder, an Amiga, and a genlock.
This used to be the system that Amiga mags stated was all you needed to get into desktop video. Features to look for on the genlock are Hi-Band video capability, background and foreground faders, external remote control, Arexx support and video pass-thru.
The camcorder didn't have an edit terminal, so I never bothered with an edit controller. This meant being reduced to punch and crunch- editing.
Considering that the only notable amounts of monev I made for a while was from videoing kids panics, editing accuracy didn’t matter too much - just making sure the pictures changed cverv five to ten seconds was enough to maintain viewer interest.
Personalised titles, as von will find if you follow a similar path, are worth their weight in gold. Mums. Dads, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, grans, grandpas, if they feature in the video, should have their name genlocked onto the video when they first appear. That way. They talk about you and your name gets passed around. It works a treat.
When you’re ready to step up a gear, you'll need a good video editing deck with features such as audio dub, insert edit. Hi-Fi Stereo, timecode capability, and jog shuttle's.
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Camcorders All camcorders and video decks listed here include an edit terminal allowing direct connection to an Amiga edit controller.
Hi-8 - Canon UC8-Hi £900 Hi-8 - Sony CCD-TR750 £1000 Hi-8 - Canon EX2-Hi £2700 Hi-8 - Sony CCD-TR3000 £1600 S-VHS-C - Panasonic NVS-70 £800 S-VHS-C Panasonic NVS-88 £1200 S-VHS - Panasonic MS4 £1700 8mm - Canon UC-200 £6S0 8mm - Sony CCD TR-485 £800 8mm - Sanyo VM-EX370 £650 VHS-C • Panasonic NV-A3 £600 VHS-C - Panasonic NV-R11 £650 VHS-C - Panasonic NV-R33 £750 Edit Controllers KRP Edit Plug £125 (three machine version) KRP Edit Plug £150 (four machine version) Hama A-Cut £189 - Two machine basic assemble editing controller with jog shuttle.
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8mm - Sony EC-C45 £399 8mm - Sony EV-C3 £250 Hi-8 - Sony EV-S9000 £1600 Hi-8 - Sony EV-CS00 £650 VHS - Panasonic HD700 £799 S-VHS - Panasonic NV-HS1000 £1100 Making the difference http: wwvy,futurenet.co.uk 1 sJu s i uiif TJDf 1:J r j ife rrdu nij GameBust U-crjTOEr a To advertise on FutureNet, E-mail Simon Richardson at srichardson@ f uturenet.co.uk or call 01225 442244.
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Bored? List 4 Cunning trick numb*r one. Use the line tool to mark off the area the tent should not enter (select the line tool, click and drag out a straight line).
Come 8 As Finel Writer can load in IFF images, we can easily create logos and backdrops in art packages like Dpeint and import them into our documents.
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2 Or you can use the graphic settings to enter the size. With large images, it is best to link them to the document. Select "None" for text flow as this is a background image.
6 Change the "Weight" of the Line to none, so it will not be seen on the final document. Change the Text Flow to "Right Contour" to push the text to the right.
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3 Now we can start entering the text. Choose your font and enter the text you want.
Hmmm... we don't want the second line to obscure the mountain.
Real Tutorial Making an object follow a pre-defined path PROJECT 1 w o Move the small sphere, called 'TargetBall' in this example, over the side of the objects. This is where it will start moving from. Now from Projects, select Animations and Orbit. You can now draw out the path which you want the TargetBall to follow. When finished, click the right button and make sure it is set to move from frame 0 to 49.
Hen we first looked at animation, we saw how to make an object move by morphing it's position and or shape and si e. Now we'll take a look at some more precise ways of moving an object.
Make the path as complicated or as simple as you like. Now. When you move from frame to frame, (click on the « and » buttons at the top of the screen) you will see the TargetBall follow the path. Go to the WireScreen editor and press Play to see the ball move.
* the project so far. As we'll use it again. Now create a small
- this is the object we'll make roam around the landscape. Go to
the Projects menu, select Animations and Size. Enter 50 frames.
Doing things in this order ensures all our objects are present
in all SO frames.
Making an object follow a complex path PROJECT 2 Although it is possible to use the previous mode to define a path in all three views and so create a 3Dimensional orbit, it's not particularly easy. Also, once the path has been created it's no longer possible to edit it. And any changes require the orbit to be redefined.
Re load the landscape we created in the first project.
Create the target sphere again, but this time from the Freeform menu, select Create Curve and then Curve. Now, starting from the centre of your target sphere, draw out the path. I Cl O John Kennedy takes us through some more animation mayhem this month, with orbiting balls and automatic tracking cameras.
Part S Moving the Camera §
o far our animations have been limited to moving simple objects.
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changed. We can alter them now however, as the camera too can
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PROJECT 3 Re-load the landscape we created in the first project. Instead of creating the target sphere, weil add a camera object. You use the Creation menu, and select Observer. You can then click anywhere to add the camera. Rename it from the default Prz to something camera.
Make sure the camera is selected, and then use Projects An I mation Orbit to trace a path for it. If you prefer you could use the method from project two.
Whatever way you do it create a 50 frame animation.
If you want the camera to look in a certain direction as it travels around, here's one way. Use the method in Project two to create a curved path for the camera to follow. Use Freeform I Create Curve Circular loop to make a circle. Make this orbit for the camera in the usual way.
Now add an Aimpoint slightly ahead of the camera, but still on the path. Rotate the path slightly, and use it as an orbit for the Aimpoint. Now when you play the animation, the Aimpoint will move around always slightly ahead of the camera.
O~ ~ view from the camera as it travels around. If it doesn't seem central, use the Creations menu to add an Aimpoint object in the middle of the shapes.
As soon as you close the path (click with the right mouse button), press N and name the path something obvious. -Path" for example. This time you can see the shape we have created, and if you select Freeform I Modify ShowSpline you will see the exact shape of the path which the ball will take. However, you can also stretch, rotate and tilt the path as you want.
Use the Projects Animation Size to create a 50 frame animation again. Now click on the TargetBall in the object list, and then select Projects Animation Orbit but this time press the ‘ asterisk button on the numeric keyboard. You will be prompted for the shape to act as orbit so select the path object we created. Make sure it acts over the full range again.
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Blitz Tutorial miga programs work in a particular way and that's what we looked at in last months tutorial. A typical program opens a screen, opens a window, does what it needs to do and then closes the window and screen again. Yve also saw the code necessary to open and close the screens and windows.
At last! The secret of how Amiga programs actually work. John Kennedy helps reveal all with Blitz Basic.
This month we are going to take a step further, and deal with the "does what it needs to do" part of the program. It's quite tricky and we'll cover some advanced stuff so make sure to try out the example programs for yourself.
Think of how a well behaved Amiga program such as Deluxe Paint works. It opens a screen and window, and then waits lor you to do something. You can select what to do by using the pull-down menus and by clicking on the paint tools. However, when you aren't doing anything, neither does the program. It waits for you.
This is a very special kind of waiting, as it doesn't keep checking every few milliseconds to see if anything has changed. Imagine if Deluxe Paint spent its time checking every' menu and every gadget not to mention checking the mouse position and the buttons.
This would take up a whole lot of processor power, and on a multitasking machine like the Amiga, that’s not on.
When you aren't doing anything in Deluxe Paint, you can Hip back to the Workbench display or run another application. You should hardly be able lo tell that Deluxe Paint is patiently waiting for something to happen.
; Open a screen to plav in 4,““ ; Open a Window ,328,256,*140f,"Mv window”,1,2 ; Main loop ipeet Select WaitEvent Case C . Goodbye ; Shut down everything!
How does it work? Because that's the way the Amiga was designed. The operating system is always working in the background, and it’s the OS which keeps track of which menu is selected in which screen. The application programs wait for something to do by asking the OS to let them know when something changes. The application programs can hibernate until the OS sends them a special message, called an IDCMP flag.
Listing One: This shows the sequence of events that take place within a program.
Everything that can happen in a Window, from a mouse click to a disk being inserted, is reported as an IDCMP flag. Look at the table for the magic value associated with each event (the numbers are in hexadecimal). Every window has its own port which can receive IDCMP messages, and it is up to you to choose the (lags your program will respond to. And write the code that does it.
REMEMBER HOW IT WORKS Here's a recap of how a typical program works (See Listing One I. The program starts bv opening a screen and a window. It then starts it's wait, waiting until an IDCMP event occurs. When an event does happen, the program determines what the event was. For example, if you select the menu option "About", the program displays a window with text in it. One of these events will at some point be a signal to quit: it (Event Occurs) Process Event Menu Event?
Could be a close gadget on a window or a menu option. When the quit signal comes, the program performs the code necessary to shut the program down.
Until the quit signal is received the program then returns to waiting for the next event to be handled.
Ok. So enough practical stuff. Time to look at a real example. Enter Listing Two into your Blitz2 compiler and run it. It will open a screen and a window (we covered the magic spells needed last month), and then it will wait for Flag Event $ 2 Window has been re-sized.
$ 4 Windows contents have been changed (a redraw may be necessary) $ 8 Either mouse button pressed.
$ 10 Mouse pointer has been moved $ 20 A gadget located in the window has been pushed down.
$ 40 A gadget in a window has been released $ 100 A menu operation has occurred in the window $ 200 The window close gadget has been selected $ 400 A keypress has been detected $ 8000 A disk has been inserted $ 10000 A disk has been removed $ 40000 A window has been made active $ 80000 A window has been de-activated End Routine Close Window Close Screen STOP ihe close gadget to he clicked. Until that happens, the program will wait around indefinitely.
The Repeat Forever slnfi' makes sure that the loop is always repeated (at least until something stops it), but the clever part comes next. The Select Case End Select commands are extremely useful for performing tests.
Select is used with an expression, and Case is then used to act on certain values. For example, assuming there is a value in the variable "age", you could perform tests like this: Select age Case 18 Nprint "Sorry, too young."
Case 19 Nprint 'just right."
Case 20 Nprint "Sorry, too old,” End Select Our program uses Select with the special Blitz variable WaitEvent, which returns an IDCMP value depending on what event has happened. Incidentally, if nothing has happened then this statement will wait (you can check this by putting a Print ”*" statement immediately after the Repeat - watch what causes an asterisk to be displayed).
The IDCMP code $ 200 means that the close gadget in the window has been clicked on, and so our program immediatelyjumps out of the loop to a routine called .goodbye. This shuts down the screen and window.
THE MENU PLEASE, WAITER So far our program is pretty uneventful and is certainly far from being the HTML display utility promised. Let’s add a little more functionality by way of some pull-down menus.
Adding menus isn't very hard: there are only two essential commands to worry about: MenuTitlc and Menultem.
One thing to remember is that you must define all the menus before opening the Window. When you close the Window, the menus will automatically be removed.
Listing Four: How to use more than one menu at a time.
MenuTide - menulist, menu, title menulist A number to provide an ID for the menu group structure, menu The number of the menu, starting with zero for a menu to the top right hand corner of the screen, title A text string containing the title of the menu, ie: "Project" or "Edit".
Menultem - menulist, flags, menu, item, itemtext, shortcut menulist Defines the menu group to which this item will be attached, flags Controls the appearance of the menu menu The number of the menu title under which the menu item will appear, item The item number. Zero is the top item in the menu, itemtext The text on the item menu, shortcut An optional string containing a shortcut key.
Note: the flag values are as follows: A normal select menu item A toggle (on off) menu item A "Mutually exclusive” menu item As 1. But switched on by default As 2, but switched on by default All that might look a little alarming, but here's the example code needed to set tip a menu. There are four items in the menu: Load, Save, About and Quit.
There are short cut keys for load, save and quit (the keypress is automatically handled for you - just pick a letter).
;Define mentis MenuTitle 0,0,"Project" Menultem 0,0,0,0,”Load ","I." Menultem 0,0,0,1,"Save","S" Menultem 0,0,0,2,"About" Menultem 0,0,0,3,"Quit","Q" That's all there is to it. You'll notice some extra spaces after the "Load" title, and that's because without them the menu text seems to get screwed up.
You might be wondering how our program can lest to sec which menu has been selected, but we have already covered this: it's all done with IDCMP flags. See Listing Three for the completed listing. It will open a screen with the required menu, and then wait for you to select one. When you do some text is displayed. You can quit the program either by using the Quit menu option or clicking in the close gadget.
Hey, it's almost starting to look like a real program!
If you look closely you'll see that there are two Select Case End Select statements inside one another. This is because the IDCMP flag tells us that a menu operation has been carried out, but not which one. For that, we need lo ask the special ItemHit value and this returns the number. Try putting in "print ItemHit" so you can see exactly what is happening.
You'll notice that one of the options is "About". Here is how to add a simple "About" box. After the print statement which says "menu item about", add the line "Gosub about".
Now add the following: .about ; This procedure puts up an about box Window 1,100,100,200,100.S 1002, "About",1,2 Use Window 1 ; Use the new window for i o Nprint"" Nprint "Welcome to my Program!"
Nprint " * Click to continue *" MouseWait; Wait for a mouse click Free Window 1 ; Shut the about window Use Window 0 ; Return to main window!
Return This little hlock of code opens a second window, makes sure it’s used for output and prints a message. It then waits for the user to click the mouse button, and vanishes. Before this routine returns, it makes a point of ensuring anymore output is passed to the original window, number 0.
I'll leave you with a slightly altered listing which demonstrates how to use more than one menu (Sec Listing Four). You'll notice it means yet another nested Select statement, and the additional variable McnuHit.
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Letter of the Month A CUNNING FLAN I've got one of those idea things, you know the things that come from the brain, and here it is:- Why don't you make two versions of Amiga Format.
One exactly like the magazine is now with all the adverts included, costing the small sum of £4.50 and another version without the adverts costing a slightly more expensive £50.
I know which one that I would choose, being the rich person that I am.
Russell Lewis An excellent idea. Hurrah I Somebody has finally understood my point I'm so happy, I could almost find a nice thing to say about Scottie. Send us your address and we'll be happy to supply an AF sweater.
YOU'LL NEVER BEAT THE (NORTHERN) IRISH I went to the Virgin Megastore in Belfast to purchase SWOS 95 96 and then in excitement and anticipation I ran home to play it.
The game is even better than before, with an almost unlimited combination of moves to put together and a slightlv higher difficulty level.
I had a look at the Premier league and Cole was at Man.United, Brolin and Yeboa at Leeds and Ginola at Newcastle.
This is great I thought, so I had a look at the Irish league team.
Glentoran, whom I support passionately. To my dismay the team had not been updated from the old SWOS, which was still out of date at the time. Of all the plavers in the team only four are still at the club and they are far from regulars, apart from that everyone else had left two or more seasons ago. This is the same situation for the rest of the teams.
It makes you wonder how accurate the team line-ups are for the rest of the World. The worst sin is that the boys at Sensible haven’t even split the Irish league into two divisions, something which came about at the start of this season.
This may not be important to anyone in England or elsewhere as most people would probably not know the difference. But for a game of £25 the least I could expect is an update of team listings. This is only a small gripe because I couldn't really complain about the overall game, but I do think it's a justifiable one. What do you think?
D. Court Northern Ireland II is a liil typical isn i it. I
remember earlier versions of SWOS which had England in the 9-t
World Cup instead of the llefmblic. Hopefully the Sensi lot
will update eiierylhing properly in time for the next planned
It’s a little disappointing, but you are obviously easily pleased if you support the dens.
Anyway, hopefully we will shortly have a .VIVOS editor on our Cxwerdi.sk. That will allow you to change the team line-ups. Characteristics and so on.
Ixsok out for it soon.
JUST A QUICK MOAN Why is it that Amiga users have to sometimes pay 50% more for the same hardware that is offered in PC type mags. I understand the market is smaller but people are not blind, perhaps they think PC hard drives won't work in an Amiga - well they do - as do modems and speakers. In some cases CD drives are useable too.
The prices displayed in Amiga mags must play a part in people moving on to other platforms.
Hating said that about hardware. I think Amiga software is good value for money at the moment. Thanks PUNISHER Ity A. (imr. aneich Tremendous pic employing Dpaint IV.
Imagine 3.0. and Photogenks to bring its stylish aggression to bare.
DMA Design Ltd to Escom, the future looks exciting for the Amiga.
Laurence Barber via email Well, that is a question only the hardware distributors can answer. But I'm sure reputable Amiga dealers would say that they provide support for A miga users, which is more than can be said for PC box-shifters.
Anyway, companies like 11iSoft do supply hard drives etc. at very reasonable prices - just look at the price of their Zip drives.
UNPLUGGED Nice too see that you have stopped printing plugs for BBS's. I mean if I were to mention that I ran a BBS called CyberPower BBS that's open 10pm to 7am. On 0144-322-6418 that it has Aminet access, Fidonet and all the latest Amiga news as it happens, 1 would be. Well I would be getting a free BBS plug. Lucky that 1 didn't then eh ?
Tom Davies via email Indeed you are. It s nice to see that someone appreciates my firm stand on this sort of behaviour.
LOST IN CYBERSPACE?
What's happened to the support for the Amiga comms scene? I can appreciate that the internet is a massive success but there is a large number of BBS sites out there which you seem to have forgotten!
Almost all of the Public Domain software that gets reviewed in your magazine has originated from various BBS sites not on the Internet. Granted some new stuff does come from the Internet but the majority of it originates from the private BBS scene. I know, because over the last two years various magazines like NFA and PD Productions, have had over 100 reviews.
When you call a private BBS the sysop has control over what files are available. The Internet is running wild with pornography, piracy and files on how to blow off your arms. Once a file is on the Internet it is almost impossible to delete as it goes to hundreds of sites within a few days.
A private system is also generally used by only two to dtree people at any one time so the system does not slow down to a snail's pace on a Sunday! This does, however, restrict the number of users that can connect in a 24 hour period. But to compensate for this there are hundreds of private systems around the world including sites in many eastern block countries.
As far as E-mail goes the Internet wins hands down.
However, there are some really good mail networks that connect thousands of users across Europe.
To name but two "The Missing Link” and "Fidonet". Most private BBS sites will support fairs so we do our bit for the Amiga scene!
A point worth mentioning to parents who may be reading this article. Don't just buy your child a modem and give them an hour a day on the telephone. Sit with them and monitor what they are doing as there are some very very strange people out there. Give them some of your time, even if you don't really understand what they are doing you will recognise things like "Randynurse.jpg” and other such titles.
Well that's enough moaning on; I would now like to be blunt and ask for some plugs for our UK bulletin boards. All the latest issues of The Word are available and people may wish to upload the articles they want to be included.
All these sites are open from 8pm to Ham and are mail linked.
The Big Hard One Oil 6 2661610 NFA Headquarters 28800 bps Bugged Out BBS 0116 2375147 NFA Mail Dist site 14400 bps Warp Speed 0151 9286610 NFA Tempest Support Site 33600 bps Rigsby BBS 0153 0260160 Continued overleaf ' GOLDEN OLDIES Reai 3D - it does work, honestly.
I am writing with reference to the letter that was written by David O'Conner and printed in issue 79 of your (insert word of praise here) magazine. I am a games collector and the title of David's that I am particularly interested in is Battle Tech.
Well, there you go. We'll pass your letter on to David so he can think over your offer. I'm sure that some old games. In good condition, are worth a small amount of money. What price an original version of Lemmings? Or Starglider7 Or Xenon ? Or Project-X?
Your Real 3D problem sounds like the assigns are not being made properly. Simply add the following line onto the startup- sequence: ASSIGN REAL pathname Where the pathname is the path to the directory where you installed Real 3d.
You can view the picures using the utilities on the disk, or even using a normal viewing program like Viewtek.
I would like to tell David that his games are indeed collectable - H not all exactly prime examples of good games - but £50 a game is setting your sights a bit high! I would like to purchase Battle Tech for around £30-£40 - if it is indeed in "mint* condition - but obviously for less if it has missing manuals etc. I recently bought issue 78 of your (insert word of praise here) magazine as I saw that you were giving away Reel 3D, I liked the magazine so I've decided to continue buying it but unfortunately I'm having horrible problems with Beal 3D. You say that an A600 can produce the fantastic
images contained on the Beal 3D disks but I can't for the life of me get the pictures or the textures to load.
I've gone through Workbench and changed the icon path but I can't have done it correctly because when I try to load the files in question it requests some disk I don't even have! Please please tell me what the hell I have to do in order to load this excellent program, or is it that these pictures actually can't be loaded on an A600?
Aynsley Gray Basingstoke It) I. hum, S. Wain An A4000 with 10 Mb of RAM and Imagine 3.0 helped in the evolution of this cryptic picture.
It) Ote Prllnvm, (jt niluigni. Drumaik As Ole has proven, if you don't get picked for the Gallery first time, try try again. Picture created using Imagine 3.0. Independent 14400 bps The Hot Rock 0116 2387710 IF ANYONE CAN... I recently purchased a new Canon BJC70 colour printer. As you probably know, these printers are nearly all supplied with printers for the IBM PC's Windows and DOS only. Whilst it is thoughtful to include these in the first place, it naturally doesn't help us Amiga owners.
I'm a registered user of the Studio 2 printing package, through which I'd obviously be able to select a 'suitable' but not dedicated printer driver. When I returned my new printers' Warranty card, I included a letter outlining my concerns. This Warranty card and letter was sent first class on a Monday, and on Thursday morning of that same week I received a reply back from Canon (UK) Ltd.!
Enclosed was a disk of Canon printer driven (a reduced 'Canon Studio') including one dedicated to the BJC70. As if this wasn't enough, because the disk was a bit 'outdated' there was a note included stating that they'd informed the separate section of their company who produce the printer driven and had received a reference number and confirmation that I am to be sent the latest version of the BJC70 printer driver as soon as it's ready. Now that's what I call service!!
Not only had they shown that they'd actually read and taken notice of what I'd said in my letter, but had obviously acted on it extremely quickly, resulting in only a four day turnaround from the time I had put my letter in the postbox to receiving their Independent 14400 bps All speeds ot modem may connect to our sites from 300 bps upwards.
We believe that a lot of people buy cheap modems for a start and then if they enjoy what they see a faster modem normally follows. We are doing our best to provide a good service to our users and most of us have invested in high powered machines and large storage devices. We leave them running throughout the night for other people to use. All we are asking for is a little support from the magazines we buy even1 month!
Reply. Brilliant don't you agree?
I've no reason to suspect that other buyers of Canon products would be treated differently and Canon (UK) Ltd. Are to be congratulated.
David S. Duncan.
It isn't often that we get ietters of wholehearted praise for peripheral manufacturers, but it is nice when we do. I would agree that unlike some printer manufacturers. Canon do take a great amount of interest in the Amiga market. They certainly win the AF Best Printer Manufacturers of the month award, and I'll be sure to present them with their AF-pin badges when they next come to visit us.
Deck the Ripper of NFA Leics We are not totally dedicated lo the Internet, but it is a very visible area of comms. And the fastest growing. Even Amiga Technologies have got in on the act. But you are right in that the Internet isn I everything and we will hopefully be running some more conventional comms features too-1 seem to remember we had a large feature on Fidonet fairly recently and see no reason why we shouldn V continue to cover BBS services.
SENSIBLE SOLUTION As a registered user of Sensible World of Soccer I was interested to see that in your last issue Sensible Software have released a new version of the game. About six months ago. Being a registered user, I received an update of the game that was supposed to get rid of all the bugs and improve the actual game itself, so I was wondering if Sensible Software was considering doing the same with the new version. Also I wonder if you could you tell me if this version will he hard drive installable as I own an A1200 with “ CftPE COAST ooi ;-og.
HEBRTS OF OHK JEFLU IM _* Sensible World of Soccer *95-'96 - much more than just a de-bugger.
210 meg hard drive and it is very infuriating when software companies release games that cannot be installed to hard disk.
Stuart McCallum Isle of Wight As you have no doubt found out by now. You can V install SWOS ‘95- ’96 on a hard drive either. The game is more than just a bug fix though, and has several useful improvements, including the training option and better management of trial and loaned players.
Some games manufacturers still believe that piracy is a big threat to their income. One wonders whether SWOS would be topping the all-format charts if it wasn V ropy protected. But it is something which is an annoyance to many readers, as we are about to see... MORE BOTHER As a regular reader of your excellent magazine. I hope that you can do all of your readers a favour by printing my request. 1 own an A1200 with a hard disk and I try to only purchase software that will install onto it.
If any of your readers are in the unfortunate position where HD installation is desired but not available, then write to the software publisher in question pointing this out. If enough people moan about this problem, then surely something will have to be done about it. I.e. HD installation may become standard for all Amiga software.
By taking a little rime to raise the problem, the Amiga user may just get what they want from the software they buy.
It certainly is the case that many people nine have Hard Drives and even CD- ROM drives, so it is hard to understand the reluctance of games companies to produce hurd-drive installable games. If piracy is the reason, there are other ways to protect against it. And all software can be cracked anyway, whether it has custom disk formats or not.
But when it comes down to it, it's a choice made by the software houses. If you want to change their minds, all you can do is write to them and convince them that you won’t buy their games unless they are made HD installable, if that's how you feel.
ITALIAN JOB Please print my letter because I've got a bit of a problem at the moment. It was Iasi weekend and I decided to go out to the computer shop and buy a game. I only had £10 on me then I saw this game with a £9.99 sticker slapped on it.
Great I thought as I took it off the shelf and gave the spotty kid at the desk my money. Oh hang on I haven't told you what the game was yet have I. It was a game called Castles a cross between Sim City and Populus - so it said on the box.
I rushed straight home to play my newly purchased game. I stuck the disk in the disk drive and turned on my beloved A500+. The game started to load, up came the title screen then a few moments later the dreaded copy protection screen. The copy protection itself was not a problem it was the fact that it was in Italian, as you can guess not my first language. I opened up the manual to see if I could find out how to change the language but bugger me that was in Italian too. Anyway, if you are Italian or you can speak Italian and you want to buy my game off me write to me at: 50 Mill Road.
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Prepare yourself for The Killing Grounds.
Alien Breed II Team 17 reckon the 3D engine driving The Killing Grounds has some zippily fast routines that not only match upcoming PC buster Quake, but beat it hands down.
You can make your own mind up because we've managed to secure a tremendous single level demo of the game.
Not from the finished version mind - Team 17 felt that it was important to give people a feel for the game without letting too much slip about The Killing Grounds final mission structure.
What you do get though is a spookily atmospheric level. It also lets you see many of the features which make it a potential Breathless beater; curving and flooded corridors, jumps, gnmgily realistic texture maps, realistic lighting, and scan’ monsters reliant on line of sight to spot you. In all it adds up to one of the best coverdisks we’ve had in ages.
You start with and a plasma gun that has to be found.
It's worth finding the plasma weapon just to see how well the lighting effects work. Try firing it off when you're inside the unlit tunnel section.
Also worth checking out are the looking up and down features; especially when you're standing on die ledge that can be jumped over. This feature moves fluidly rather than in increments like Breathless.
Incidentally, you have to run before attempting the jump onto the ledge. It can be a bit tricky to get your fingers in all the right places and press the jump key at the same time, but persevere because it's well worth it.
Everyone in the office who took a shot at the game was mightily impressed. Especially by the dark tunnel sections. *5 4 Once your Amiga has read the Info, It will ask for the Destination disk. Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
WHAT THE CONTROL OPTIONS DON'T TELL YOU (AND WHAT THEY DO) This demo is an early version of the game engine. Therefore, the CD32 control options haven't been implemented. Pay special attention to the keyboard controls highlighted in this little box.
DIRECTION KEYS: Turn Left Left Cursor Turn Right: Right Cursor Forwards: Up Cursor Backwards: Down Cursor Fire Weapon: Right Alt Key Force Sidestep: Right Amiga Key Sidestep Left:.
Sidestep Right: I ACTIONS: Duck: D Look Behind: L Look Up: ] Look Down: Jump: 0 on the cursor pad MAP: Map On-ScreenJOff-Screen: Tab Zoom In: F1 Zoom Out: F2 Cursor Pad Keys 1-9: Scroll the map around the screen so that it doesn't interfere with your vision.
"5" Centres the map.
A one level demo of The Killing Grounds and the highly addictive Super Foul Egg. Two excellent games and the software to help you create your own. What more could you possibly want from your Coverdisks.
To make the leap of faith, run and then jump. If you fail, hold your nose.
There's a different feel to each of the little pockets residing within the whole level. Wading about in the water surrounded by unfriendly dungeon like walls is discomforting. Treading along in the dark and suddenly seeing a robot's searchlight scanning the tunnel is truly scary.
To help pacifv the baddies, there are two weapons included in the demo - the shotgun DUST IN CASE If playing Breed 3D 2 from floppy, be aware of the following. Some configurations may not read the created second disk if it's put into DFO: This can easily be fixed by placing the second disk in DF1: where applicable.
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... 1 Bootup with your Workbench disk and find the Shell Icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks. Finally, type ende i to close down the Shell.
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Intt .. ...Jim : diskcopy fro* dfl: to dfl: 2 Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter 0). Taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOFY FROM DFO: TO DFO: GAME ENGINE Ever wanted to create your own platform games but been hampered by a complete lack of programming knowledge? Game Engine is just what you need. David Taylor explains.
RUNNING THE SOFTWARE You mighl think that it sounds unrealistic to create a game without knowing the first thing about programming, but Came Engine makes it possible. There are several separate parts to the program which allow you to design your own screens and levels using the available tools. You can also load in parts designed in other packages if you have used them.
You can use the Animation editor to link up the frames for the hero or enemies and then choose a background. The Construction editor can then be used to bring all the elements together. For details on each of the areas, take a look at the Game Engine - Screens F-xplained boxout.
SUPER FOUL EGG This game has caused quite a few missed deadlines in the office. It's an addictive variation on the Tetris game for one or two players and is really a clone of other games such as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Super 1‘uyo Puyo. As the multi-coloured eggs that are the equivalent of Tetris blocks fall, you need to manoeuvre them so that you can match the colours up. If you get a colour to land on lop of.
The software on this Coverdisk needs to be unpacked to three separate floppy disks. You therefore need to format three disks so that you have them blank and ready. Then simply boot the Coverdisk. Because of the amount crammed on, you will be asked to insert the other Coverdisk from this issue at one point because it has to take a few files from there.
The whole process is entirely automatic - just follow the on screen instructions.
Game Engine requires an A1200 to run and must be loaded through Workbench. Although it cannot be installed directly to hard disk, you nr next to, an egg of the same colour, it will join with it and if there are four or more eggs joined together they will disappear.
However, there's more to it than that. -As you complete sets, you will make a stone fall down on your opponent's screen. These stones cannot be linked up and prevent others from linking up with previous sets.
The best strategy is to set up lots of rows one egg short. This means when you drop a piece in, more than one set can be completed at the same time. This will cause a bombardment of stones to fall on your opponent instead of just single ones, believe me they will soon start swearing at you.
The game is remarkably easy to get into, but very hard to stop playing. The diagram shows can install the program to hard disk after the floppies have been unpacked. To do this, simply copy the contents of the main disk to your hard drive and add an assign for "GE Demo" either before running the demo or in your user-startup. You will still need to make sure that the data disk is in DFO: (the internal drive) when you run the program.
Users with two floppy disk drives should note that in order for everything to run properly, you must place the main disk in DF1: (the external drive) and the data disk in DFO: (the internal drive).
The different options available for you. Just try not to come to blows with your friends. 'Zj Note to A500 users: You cannot use this month's Coverdisk because it had to be formatted to Workbench 2 format in order to fit everything on. However, Super Foul Egg is actually A500 compatible. If you find a friend with an A500* or above, you can de-archive the Super Foul Egg disk on their machine and this will work on your machine. Our apologies: there was absolutely no other way to compile the disk this month. Unfortunately, there is no way that we can de-compress the disk for you - you will have
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Super Foul Igg - Complete Game Player's eQQ CPU Level ¦* St 2PlayerS ,V 4s* | | -5 ap,T ai Practice *' t+ sf ? *Avi ' Difficulty ’J’ Colors The totally addictive Super Foul Egg is an easy game to play, but has several options that can be set to adjust the difficulty level. Adjusting the options is done by moving the pointer over the boxes and pressing fire.
1. This sets the players - you can play against a friend or
against the computer or play a practice game.
2. Set the level of ability of the computer opponent and set the
drop of eggs to manual or computer controlled.
3. Set the amount of layers that appear at the start arid the
speed of further eggs dropping.
4. The number of different colours adjusts difficulty. More
colours makes it harder to complete a group of eggs.
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5. This is used to select the control method.
Clicking on the icon will change between keyboard and joystick control.
6. This selects the level of the competition by setting the
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Here's a guide to each of the editors... EXTRA Your Coverdisk
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FractalPro Image Library CD-ROM ?
- I r i 118 ' ¦ I WORMS (AF79) The amount of telephone calls to
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The result is that Worms disk One is decompressed over the Coverdisk. Losing the compressed Worms Disk Two file in the process.
Before using any Coverdisk write-protect it first and then make a spare copy.
(if you don't know how to copy a disk see the box on page 115) ULTIMATE WORKBENCH UTILITIES (AF80) If you arc having trouble reading the documentation that accompanies the Workbench utilities it is likely that you don't have the tool that your Amiga looks for when you double click on a doc icon; e.g. Muchmore, Multiview, AmigaGuidc etc. Or that these aren't set up properly on your Workbench.
You can use a word processor or a text editor to read the docs, or use the program ordering included in the collection.
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FINAL WRITER 4 LITE (AF82) If Final Writer s pull-down menus won't pull down it is probably because you are running a menu enhancement commodity (i.e. MagicMenu), Such programs don't work correcdv with Final Writer and should be disabled. In order to print Final Writer documents it is vital that you have the correct printer driver installed in the devs printers drawer of your Workbench disk and that the driver is selected and configured using Workbench's printer prefs utilities. Your Workbench manual describes how to do this.
To print out larger documents Final Writer requires more memory. If you are using the program on a 2Mb machine, try to maximise the amount of memory available to Final Writer by removing any utilities or commodities runA paint program, Arexx graphics language (the graphics that Arexx always needed!) And a presentation tool - all in one. Rpalnt can even record your paint actions directly onto a usable ‘script’. Supports NTSC and PAL resolutions on AGA systems. Requires AGA Amiga.
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Ning in the background - if you still experience problems, use Workbench's prefs utilities to alter the Workbench screen to a lower resolution screenmode with less colours and no backdrop pictures. Lastly, it was inadvertently stated that Final Writer works on all 2Mb+ Ami gas.
Sorry, but it's incompatible with old Kickstart
1. 2 1.3 machines.
GENERAL PROBLEMS I often hear from people who have returned their Coverdisks for replacements several times and arc still meeting with the same problems.
The most common are Read Write or Checksum errors which occur during the decompression process. It is important to note which disk is in the drive when such errors occur - is it the Coverdisk or one of your own disks? If it's one of your own disks then that is the disk with the problem, not the Coverdisk.
Did you format your blank disks correcdv? Try re-formatting them and make sure that you do a full format not just a quick format, use the verily option and make sure you format from your Workbench, not from utilities like X-Copy.
Disable Directory Caching, Trashcan and International Mode. Don't decrunch to HD (High Density) disks its these can be unreliable.
Always write protect and back up your Coverdisk before you use it. ® IF YOUR DISK IS FAULTY... Please it-mcutbci iIi.h lhe (et hnical licl| line above is purely for rlillinillies vou have gelling llie programs lo work prnpcilv Ifvnur tlisk is phvsicallv damaged. !kth.
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